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For Ravens' McKinnie, weight weighs heavily

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For Ravens' McKinnie, weight weighs heavily

Bryant McKinnie may be a pro football player, but on a certain level, a lot of fans can probably relate to a problem hes dealing with. He struggles to lose weight.

The Ravens offensive tackle, who reported late to camp because hed hurt his back in a slip at home, has passed his conditioning test and returned to practice. But in an interview with baltimoreravens.com, McKinnie voiced how vexing it is trying to drop pounds.

Its real frustrating, because Im putting in the work, McKinnie, whos 6 feet 8 and 350ish right now and has been heavier at times in his career, told the website. The misconception is people think Im not working hard enough. No, actually I am. We realized I was doing all this work and just staying the same.

Whats frustrating now, he said, is that, before camp, hed dropped to near the 348 the Ravens had set as his target weight. Then he hurt his back and couldnt exercise for five days. Boom, back came the pounds.

I can gain 12 to 14 pounds so fast and lose it so fast, he said. Who can do that? Thats not normal.

In fact, McKinnie said he had to get extra exercise last season to maintain his weight. Two days a week after practice, hed play 90 minutes of tennis.

I was still staying the same, and I would have to do all that other stuff, McKinnie said. I was like, OK everybody is resting, and Im up for another hour and a half playing tennis in a sweatshirt and sweatpants.

If and when McKinnie gets back in the lineup he anticipates that Michael Oher will relinquish left tackle and move back to the right side, opening up McKinnies regular spot Ravens fans can only hope he takes out that frustration on opposing defensive linemen.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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