Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith has four broken bones in his back, and wide receiver Michael Campanaro will be placed on injured reserve with a herniated disc, Chick Hernandez of CSN reported on Saturday morning, according to a team source. The Ravens responded to the situation by trading for wide receiver Chris Givens on Saturday, sending the Rams a conditional pick in return, the team announce Saturday morning.
How long Smith would be out remained uncertain, he was off to a terrific start as the team's leading receiver at age 36. Smith plans to retire after this season, but the Ravens will sorely miss his playmaking ability if he is forced to be out for a significant period. They will also miss Campanaro. He scored his first touchdown of the season Thursday and has shown an ability to make plays since joining the Ravens. However, Campanaro has been injury prone during his brief career, and this setback was the latest. Both Smith and Campanaro suffered their injuries during Thursday night's game in Pittsburgh.
Injuries at wide receiver are threatening to ruin the Ravens' season, with rookie wideout Bresdhad Perriman still out indefinitely with a knee injury. The Ravens hope Givens will help pick up the slack, but just two days after getting their first win, the Ravens (1-3) find themselves dealing with major injury news regarding Smith and Campanaro.
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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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