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Ravens TE Pitta realistic about the risks, but wants to play

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Ravens TE Pitta realistic about the risks, but wants to play

OWINGS MILLS – Here’s what Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta had to say Wednesday after practicing for the first time this season.  Pitta is still not certain if he will ever play again. But he’s going to try, and will use the next few weeks to assess whether he should return to the NFL after twice fracturing his hip.

-His thoughts on Wednesday’s practice:

“It’s good for me to be back out there, emotionally, mentally, and I felt pretty good physically. It’s just a start. It’s Day 1. I’m encouraged by how I felt today. Obviously I have to shake a little bit of the rust off. The game’s a little bit fast for me still right now. (But) I didn’t anticipate feeling this good at this point, being where I’m at. I’m certainly pleased by that.”

-On what will determine whether he returns or not:

“It’s a combination of everything. It’ll be a physical aspect of it, a mental aspect, and emotional. It’s not entirely in my hands how the team feels about me playing, and if I can potentially add any value to this team. There’s a lot of factors that will go into it. There are a lot of decisions to be made, not just by me, but by other individuals.”

-What does Pitta’s wife (Mataya) think about him attempting to come back?

“She was nervous last night, just didn’t want to get a call that something went wrong today. She supports me in anything that I do.”

-Has anyone discouraged him from trying to come back?

“Absolutely. Had people on both ends of the spectrum. I weigh both opinions heavily.”

-If he cannot play this season, would Pitta consider coming back next season?

“I’m not sure. I would like to think that if I can’t make it back this year, what’s going to change next year? In my mind, it’s kind of, I’m working to come back this year – if I can’t, then that might be it.”

-How concerned is Pitta about re-injuring his hip?

“There’s definitely concern of getting injured, but I think that’s the nature of football. I could go out and blow out my ACL just as easily. That’s part of the risk of playing football…And I understand those risks – quite well.“

[RELATED: Pitta takes next step, returns to practice with Ravens]

 

 

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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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