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Schaub has stayed ready, and will get opportunity to show it

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Schaub has stayed ready, and will get opportunity to show it

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh often arrives at the team’s practice facility by 5:30 a.m. One of the first players he usually sees is Matt Schaub.

Schaub has not played a snap yet this season, but he will be the starting quarterback Monday night against Cleveland, due to Joe Flacco’s season-ending knee injury. Watching Schaub study and prepare all season gives Harbaugh added confidence that Schaub will respond well to this opportunity.

“This is not a guy that has never played before,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not a guy nobody has ever seen. He has a track record in this offense too, and he’s a professional…We’re very fortunate to have him in this situation that we’re going into.”

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A 12-year NFL veteran, Schaub had two Pro Bowl seasons with the Texans (2009 and 2012), before losing his starting job in 2013 due to poor play and a rash of interceptions. Schaub is eager to prove his confidence and his game are intact, preparing for his first start since 2013. 

“I’m excited, looking forward to getting back on the field,” Schaub said following Wednesday’s practice. “You have to prove every day that you belong, whether you’ve played two years, 12 years, 18 – you have to prove every day that you still can do it and you can play at a high level and compete.”

Asked if he felt he might be rusty, Schaub said, “Maybe, I don’t know. I’m going to do what I can to make sure there’s not.”

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he was not selling Schaub short.

“He’s an experienced guy,” Pettine said during a conference call. “He has seen everything thrown at him over the course of his career. So, we’re expecting him to play at a high level.”

The Ravens hope that’s exactly what Pettine sees.

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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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