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Ravens stick together regardless of weather

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Ravens stick together regardless of weather

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the bad weather his team is dealing with this week kind of comes with the territory in the AFC North.

Harbaugh discussed all of that with the media in a conference call on Monday. Bad weather happens often in the AFC North, a division that has Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Cleveland with Baltimore, all cities that wind up facing cold or harsh weather at times during the back end of the football season. 

"As far as the weather, if you play in the AFC North, you play in the North," Harbaugh said in the conference call. "You play in outdoor stadiums-- you have to be built for that. That's something we try to take into account when we draft players, when we build our schemes in, and it's going to be important moving foward."

The obvious problems with Hurricane Sandy on Sunday night and Monday and then into Tuesday provided an issue that's a little unusual. Baltimore was trying to prepare for its first game after the bye, a road game in Cleveland, but coaches and players were pushed hard on Sunday and Monday due to Sandy.

Harbaugh said the coaches simply tried to keep the week as normal as possible simply because they needed to get things ready for the players, just like it would be any other week. 

“As far as the hurricane stuff – from a coaching standpoint—we have certain things that we have to get done," Harbaugh said. "Monday and Tuesday are really huge work days for the coaches as far as game planning and preparing and getting practices ready and all of that. That work has to be done, so we’ll be doing that. "

With the Hurricane having passed through, it looks like the Ravens are ready for a normal week as they get ready for the Browns on Sunday. 

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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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