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Reid's return from calf injury adds depth

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Reid's return from calf injury adds depth

Jah Reid hasn't played a game this season, tormented by a calf injury that has set him back since the offseason.

The offensive lineman recently began practicing fully with the Ravens, which gives coach John Harbaugh more options as his team has struggled to protect quarterback Joe Flacco. He has been sacked 18 times this season.

"I feel good at either spot," Reid said when asked if he prefers to play at right guard or right tackle, where he is the backup to starters Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele. "Just make sure I get the right sets, the right footwork and I'm good."

Of course, playing guard is a bit easier because of the proximity to center Matt Birk.

"You're close to the center, you hear the calls," he said. "It's better as far as relaying information. It's cool being in there against the bigger guys. You're really mashing up against somebody."

Reid, in his second season as a third-round pick in 2011, believes he's all the way back.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has had his season ruined so far because of a recurring calf injury. It's a unique injury that players can't play through if they are less than 100%.

"My body felt like it was good," Reid said. "I'm ready to go."

But has Reid been able to improve considering he's been sidelined for so long?

"Definitely, just more poise in my sets," Reid said. "More confident in myself. Staying square, coming off the ball, everything. … I just have to carry that out onto the playing field."

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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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