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Release of Kindle ends long, sad story

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Release of Kindle ends long, sad story

It's not a move that surprised many that follow the Ravens, but the release of linebacker Sergio Kindle Saturday is the tough end to a very sad story.

He was a second-round draft pick in 2010, but everything went wrong for Kindle before he ever really set foot on the field. Kindle fell down some stairs and fractured his skull that summer. He missed the entire season and also had to deal with other problems from that injury, like some hearing loss. 

Kindle worked to make it back last season, but played in just two games. He kept battling to get in place for 2012, hoping that being able to work with coaches and staff in the off-season -- which the linebacker couldn't do the previous year due to the lock-out-- could make a difference.

Kindle's looked good at times this year, and the Ravens were rooting for him, something coach John Harbaugh and others mentioned during training camp and the pre-season. 

Still, he didn't quite seem to get to the point the Ravens appeared to want. Kindle appeared in just one game this year, against the Eagles, and was inactive for the rest.  

The question now is what happens to Kindle. It will be interesting to see what other teams might take an interest in Kindle and where his career goes? Would some team at least want him for the practice squad, and do the hearing/health problems lingering from his fall make being a solid NFL linebacker an unrealistic goal?

The world always loves a comeback story, and if Kindle could do it, that would be one of the better bounce-back stories the Ravens have had. Unfortunately for Kindle, it's not going to happen at this time. 

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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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