OWINGS MILLS – After putting an NFL-high 18 players on injured reserve this season, the Ravens will take a hard look at everything surrounding the health of their players this offseason.
No team in the NFL can match the Ravens’ number of season-ending injuries, especially to prominent players like quarterback Joe Flacco; wide receivers Steve Smith, Breshad Perriman, and Michael Campanaro; running backs Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro; offensive linemen Eugene Monroe and Jeremy Zuttah, defensive lineman Chris Canty; linebacker Terrell Suggs, cornerback Will Davis, and safety Matt Elam.
The Ravens have not assumed anything could have been done to decrease the injuries. But if it’s more than simply bad luck, coach John Harbaugh wants answers.
“I think you do have to look at the injuries and we’re going to do a study; and we do this every year,” Harbaugh said following Wednesday’s practice. “I’m going to do it even more in depth this year in terms of what we do, how we do it and all those things. I’ve got a lot of ideas. The injuries have not been training injuries, for the most part. When Joe gets his knee (injured), when a guy gets tossed into him – that’s not because Joe wasn’t trained properly or wasn’t in shape or wasn’t training or something like that, or wasn’t balanced in his training. If you look at all of our injuries, I don’t know how many of those injuries you can really fairly attribute to that.
“I’m looking for the reason and I’m going to find out. (Is it) we’re not doing this, we’re doing that, we should be adding this? Those are all things we’re going to look at, because if there’s something out there that we need to add, we’re going to do it.”
The inordinate number of injuries destroyed any realistic chance the Ravens (4-9) had to recover from their slow start. With three games left, they are limping to the finish. Harbaugh wants to do everything possible to prevent a repeat in 2016.
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.”
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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