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Testy in Cleveland

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Testy in Cleveland

A little drama in Cleveland on Wednesday: Browns cornerback Joe Haden best corner in the AFC North, remember? got tossed from practice for being too physical and exited after exchanging harsh words with coach Pat Shurmur.

Later in the day, Shurmur said everything was cool. He called it a dead issue. However, immediately after the practice with the confrontation, Shurmur had said, as reported by ESPNCleveland: This was practice No. 21. Weve had 21 walk-throughs. As you might expect, none of us have had enough sleep in the last month, and we get very emotional.

As for the incident itself, Shurmur didnt want to talk about it.

Thats between me and the player. I have a great deal of respect for Joe. My only apology is that I used bad language and the fans were here to see it.

Though he wasnt addressing Haden directly, Shurmur did talk about how the Browns want to limit how much contact they have during practices.

I think its important that we practice smart, he said. You have to be able to practice at game speed without tackling. I want all of our guys to make it to the horse race.

Horse race, eh? Well, we all know how jumpy some horses can get in the paddock.

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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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