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Ravens sign former Bears QB, Notre Dame star

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Ravens sign former Bears QB, Notre Dame star

The Ravens claimed Jimmy Clausen off waivers as their backup quarterback on Tuesday, the team announced. Clausen will be backup Matt Schaub on Monday night when the Ravens visit the Browns.

Clausen spent two seasons being coached by Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman when Trestman was the Bears’ head coach. After the Bears waived Clausen on Monday, joining the Ravens became a natural fit for him. Joe Flacco, who was officially placed on injured reserved Tuesday, suffered a season-ending knee injury during Sunday’s victory over the Rams, tearing both his ACL and MCL. That elevated Schaub to the starting position, and left the Ravens searching for a backup. Singing Clausen on Tuesday allows him to get some practice time prior to Monday’s game. 

Clausen played two games for the Bears this season, replacing an injured Jay Cutler, and completed 23 of 40 passes for 184 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. 

The Ravens could still sign another quarterback for the practice squad before Monday’s game. Former Ravens practice squad player Bryn Renner is a possibility for that role.

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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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