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Ravens officially place two players on PUP list

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Ravens officially place two players on PUP list

The Ravens have officially placed tight end Dennis Pitta and safety Terrence Brooks on the physically unable to perform list (PUP). The moves were listed on Friday’s NFL daily transaction report.

Neither Brooks nor Pitta will be on the field when the Ravens have their first training camp practice Thursday. If both are still on the PUP list when the regular season begins in September, they will be ineligible to play the first six weeks.

Putting Pitta and Brooks on the PUP list was not a surprising move. Pitta is still recovering from his second major hip surgery. He has not been medically cleared to practice, and Pitta’s football future remains in doubt.

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Brooks suffered a torn ACL and MCL in a December game against the Jaguars. While Brooks returned to the field during minicamp, and looked ahead of schedule in his recovery, it would make sense for the Ravens to proceed cautiously, giving his knee more time to recover.

It remains to be seen if Brooks, a third-round pick in 2014, will be ready for Week 1, but he certainly has a chance. Whenever he is ready to play, Brooks is expected to be part of the safety rotation backing up Kendrick Lewis, who is expected to start at free safety. Will Hill and Matt Elam will have a training camp competition to start at strong safety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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