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Taliaferro injury could increase Allen's impact as rookie

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Taliaferro injury could increase Allen's impact as rookie

OWINGS MILLS - The knee injury (sprained MCL) to running back Lorenzo Taliaferro could have a ripple effect regarding what happens on the depth chart behind starter Justin Forsett. Here’s what to expect:

-  Rookie Buck Allen becomes the No. 2 running back.

Look for Allen to get plenty of work during the remaining two games of the preseason. Allen could use the experience, and the Ravens have no intention of running Forsett much prior to Week 1. If Allen seizes the opportunity, he could become an important part of the offense, especially due to his excellent hands for a running back. Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman has a history of utilizing running backs in the passing game. 

-  Terrence Magee and Fitz Toussaint should get a closer look. 

The Ravens are probably only going to carry three backs, in addition to fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Making the final 53 still looks difficult for Toussaint or Magee, unless Taliaferro is gone for an extended period. However, Magee was the Ravens’ leading rusher Saturday night (11 carries, 44 yards), showing impressive speed. And Toussaint was already part of the practice squad for most of 2014, before joining the active roster Dec. 13 for the rest of the season.

“Terrence looked good,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “He was a north-south runner, low to the ground, powerful dude. Just how he ran in college (at LSU) is how you saw him run the other night.”

Running backs coach Thomas Hammock expects all the backs to raise their games.

"They all have an opportunity to show what they can do," Hammock said.

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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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