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Ravens rookie RB Allen ready for starring role if needed


Ravens rookie RB Allen ready for starring role if needed

Ravens running back Javorius "Buck" Allen probably never expected to be a starter in Week 6 of his rookie season, but increasingly it appears that will be the case Sunday when the Ravens visit the 49ers.

Starter Justin Forsett has missed practice the past two days nursing the ankle injury he sustained against Cleveland on Sunday, and backup Lorenzo Taliaferro has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a foot injury.

So if Forsett isn't available, that makes Allen the next man up. He said on Thursday that it's an "opportunity I’ve been waiting for, and I feel like my coaches did a great job preparing me for this moment."

Allen, a fourth-round pick out of USC, has 26 carries for 124 yards this season, including a 44-yard scamper against the Browns on Sunday that is the Ravens' longest run of the season.

The Ravens signed undrafted rookie Raheem Mostert off waivers earlier this week, and he'd become the No. 2 if Forsett is unavailable. Terrence Magee is on the Ravens practice squad and could be an option as a No. 3 back. That probably depends on Forsett's availability.

But Allen (6-0, 220) is likely to have the spotlight on him on Sunday. Even if Forsett plays, he won't be at 100 percent and Allen figures to be a major part of the game plan.

"It’s a blessing from above and God working in mysterious ways," Allen said. "If I’ve got to take on the job, I’m going to take it full force and do the best of my ability.”

Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said on Thursday that, "We have a lot of confidence in Buck. We’ve seen him grow in the classroom and certainly on the field over the last month and a half. He’s running the ball better in terms of how he’s finishing and seeing the holes, taking the opportunities to make plays when he gets a chance to do that. We’ve seen his pass protection improve, and his entire focus.

"He is taking the opportunity to seize the moment with the opportunities that he has had.”

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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.