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Report: Ravens get silent treatment from Suggs

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Report: Ravens get silent treatment from Suggs

As the Ravens season has spiraled out of control, one player who has been notably absent is injured linebacker Terrell Suggs.

To be sure, Suggs couldn't be helping on the field, as the Pro Bowl linebacker suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 1. But according to the Baltimore Sun, no one in the Ravens organization has heard from Suggs in weeks.

"If I saw Siz, I would tell him to come and see me every once and while so we can talk," Newsome told the Sun's Mike Preston.

Suggs is a commanding locker room presence and was the unquestioned leader of the defense. So the Ravens are certainly missing some emotional element with his absence. It also stands to reason that working as a de facto assistant coach, he could be mentoring rookie outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith and veteran special teamer Albert McClellan, two of the players who have been called upon to step into Suggs' role.

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Newsome suggested that not being able to play might be a reason for Suggs' absence.

"All of the rah-rah, cheerleading stuff looks good in the movies, but some of the best competitors I've been around don't stay around after suffering season-ending injuries," Newsome told the Sun. "This is real here, and if they aren't out there bleeding with you, sweating with you and fighting, then it hurts. They are competitors."

"I know what he is going through and you have to be careful with this at this time of his career. I've been through that myself. I can relate to that, I understand. Ray Lewis was like that, and there is a very fine line for a player and us to approach."

There's a lot of speculation whether Suggs has played his last down. He turned 33 this month, and faces another extensive rehab. He suffered a torn Achilles in his other leg during the offseason three years ago. Suggs is signed by the Ravens through 2018, and Newsome told the Sun that he expects Suggs back next year.

"I don't know what his future plans are, but I'm sure he will return," Newsome said. "He hasn't told me definitely, but knowing him like I do, I would bet he is coming back."

Still, sounds as if the Ravens would like to hear that -- or anything -- from Suggs directly.

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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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