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Suggs sizzles but not like Ray Lewis

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Suggs sizzles but not like Ray Lewis

Who knows whether or not Ray Lewis' career is over.

The 17th-year linebacker had surgery on his torn right triceps Wednesday, but his Ravens teammates expect him to be there even if he can't play.

The same goes for cornerback Lardarius Webb, who tore a ligament in his knee in last week's 31-29 win vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

"They're going to be here helping us. They're still going to study the game and pretty much let us know what they're seeing to help ease our thoughts," linebacker Albert McClellan said. "They're gone on the field, but in meeting rooms I'm pretty sure Ray probably will be … telling us what he sees."

Though his best years are behind him, the emotional spark that Lewis brings can't be measured in statistics. The Ravens will get back linebacker Terrell Suggs, who began practicing for the first time this season Wednesday. He tore his Achilles after he was named 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

But Suggs, who is known as Sizzle, is no substitute for Lewis.

"Sizzle is who he is and Ray is who he is. He'll never be that guy Ray Lewis," defensive end Pernell McPhee said. "Take nothing from Sizz …  ain't no other Ray.

"We still got a lot of vets. We got Haloti (Ngata). We got Ed Reed. We got Sizz. … Hopefully Ray (will) be with us every game, flying in and getting us crunk."

Linebacker Paul Kruger agrees when it comes to Lewis' uniqueness.

"You can't replace a guy like that. His leadership, his character, what he brings to the game," Kruger said. "He's a teammate so you don't want to count him out of it. … He's the type of guy that motivates you a lot to play, to fight. Even the way you live your life he wants (you) to do better. … He makes me want to be a better person. Be a better football player."

McClellan chalks up the circumstances to the Ravens having to prove their championship mettle. They were without out Lewis for four games last season, went undefeated and still went 12-4. But they weren't without Webb, too.

"Any great team overcame adversity. … In order for us to be great, we got to overcome this," McClellan said. "I'm pretty sure since their names are on the roster they're going to want this team to be great. They want to put their input on this team so they're going to help us overcome."




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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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