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Report: NFL will admit error on Urschel call

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Report: NFL will admit error on Urschel call

The NFL is apparently ready to admit that Monday night’s officiating crew left something to be desired. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the NFL “will acknowledge” that referee Ronald Tolbert should not have penalized Ravens guard John Urschel for an illegal formation on the team’s opening drive.

Tolbert’s flag wiped out a six-yard completion from Joe Flacco to Urschel in the red zone, and the Ravens eventually settled for a field goal, during their 26-18 loss to the Cardinals. However, replays clearly showed Urschel signaling to Tolbert that he was entering the game as an eligible receiver. After the game coach John Harbaugh said he was told that Tolbert did not see Urschel.

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“He (Tolbert) said he didn’t see it,” Harbaugh said after the game. “John did everything he was supposed to do in that situation, just as he’s coached. Joe looked at it, he saw it, I saw it, and then there was an announcement. It was a legal formation.”

According to Werder, Tolbert will not be punished because the improper call was not deemed to be critical to the game’s outcome. That won’t sit well with the Ravens or their fans.

 As for Chris Johnson’s 62-yard run, ESPN is reporting the league will stand by its position that the play should not have been blown dead earlier. Johnson’s forward progress clearly appeared to be stopped when he was lying on top of Ravens guard Brandon Williams. But the whistle was not blown, Johnson’s knees did not touch the ground, and Johnson eventually got up and started running again. According to ESPN, the league will maintain that blowing the whistle dead on that play was a judgment call by the referees.

“Forward progress was stopped,” Harbaugh said. “If you hit him in that situation, you’re going to get fined and penalized. Three seconds he was stopped. He declared himself down. He was sitting there.”

At least on the Urschel play, the NFL will apparently admit its mistake. That confession will still leave the Ravens at 1-6, and just like the officials, with no chance for a do-over.

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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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