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Really, McCoy? QB wants to say with Browns

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Really, McCoy? QB wants to say with Browns

A little bit of whats shakin in the AFC North:

Even though hes lost his starting job to Brandon Weeden and talk has been swirling about his being traded, Colt McCoy said he wants to stay with the Browns.

There's no place I'd rather be than here, McCoy told The Plain Dealer. I'm invested in this city and this team, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

"You hear all of the rumors. I keep a real tight mindset that my job is quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. And I'm going to go out here and compete and give my best to this city and this organization, because this is where I was drafted, and I don't want to be anywhere else."

Speculation puts the end of Mike Wallaces holdout this week. The speedy Steelers receiver would have just enough time to learn Todd Haleys new offense and get into a preseason game before the regular season begins. Thats the conventional wisdom as passed along by ESPN.coms Jamison Hensley. Hensley also notes Pittsburghs decided lack of a long-ball threat in their preseason offense.

The Browns remain confident their top first-round pick, running back Trent Richardson, will be back from arthroscopic knee surgery and play in the season opener.

Hes getting better every day, so his progress has been outstanding, coach Pat Shurmur said on Sunday (via Pro Football Talk). I think hes 10 days out now, so hes about where we thought hed be at this point, probably a little bit ahead of that. Hell be out here soon.

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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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