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Training camp what to watch: Urban gone with injury


Training camp what to watch: Urban gone with injury

OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens will hit the practice field at 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Here is the buzz surrounding the team as they prepare for their ninth practice of training camp:

- Defensive end Brent Urban (triceps injury) is the latest training camp casualty.

Urban (triceps injury) is potentially lost for the season, and joins safety Matt Elam (torn biceps) as another player we may not see play until 2016.

The Ravens may decide they still have enough depth at defensive end, or they could look to sign someone. Lawrence Guy, Kapron Lewis-Moore, and DeAngelo Tyson are backing up Chris Canty at defensive end, but Tyson also missed Friday’s practice with an undisclosed injury.

Fortunately for the Ravens, they re-signed Canty during the offseason about a month after waiving him. He’s a steady veteran presence, both on the field and in the locker room. 

However, Canty is the Ravens’ oldest defensive lineman at age 32, and the Ravens don’t want his snap count to increase this season. That means it’s time for Guy, Lewis-Moore, and Tyson to step things up in practice. Extra playing time is available for them if they earn it.

-  The Ravens are going to cut some good wide receivers.

Rookie free agent DeAndre Carter practiced well Friday, adding to the long list of receivers putting in good work during camp. The four joint practices with the Eagles and the preseason games are going to be very important for the receiving corps. Assuming that Breshad Perriman (knee) and Marlon Brown (back) don’t have serious injuries, you can put them on the 53-man roster at wide receiver along with Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken. I don’t see any way Michael Campanaro gets cut if he stays healthy. That’s five receivers already, and the Ravens will only keep six or seven. That leaves Jeremy Butler, Darren Waller, Carter, and Aldrick Robinson battling to make the roster, with Daniel Brown, Tom Nelson and Trent Steelman also still in camp. 

There’s quality depth at the position, which makes every practice rep important for them. All of them can play. But all of them can’t stay.

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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.


“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.