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Ravens receiver Marlon Brown gets MRI on ailing back


Ravens receiver Marlon Brown gets MRI on ailing back

OWINGS MILLS -- The Ravens were concerned enough about wide receiver Marlon Brown’s back to have an MRI done. Brown has missed three of the last four practices, and coach John Harbaugh said he was not certain when Brown would return.

“We were a little bit worried about,” Harbaugh said following Wednesday’s practice. “There’s nothing in there as far as any kind of a twist, or anything like that. It’s a nerve, glute issue of some kind. I don’t now how long it’s going to take. I hope not very long. “ 

It’s a setback for Brown, who is in competition to win the starting wide receiver spot opposite Steve Smith. Brown led the Ravens with seven touchdown catches as a rookie in 2013, but his role diminished last season after Smith arrived. Brown’s catches went down from 49 grabs in 2013 to 24 catches last season with zero touchdowns. 

If Brown were to miss significant time, rookie Breshad Perriman, Kamar Aiken, and Jeremy Butler would open the preseason as frontrunners for the No. 2 receiver spot. However, Perriman (knee) missed his fifth straight practice Wednesday, while Aiken and Butler performed well again. 

Regarding when Perriman might return to practice, Harbaugh said, “It’s going to be a couple of days I think. He wants to be out there. We’re holding him back. It’s probably smart.”

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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.


“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.