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Upshaw takes aim at former teammate

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Upshaw takes aim at former teammate

When it comes to Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, no one on the Ravens knows him better than Courtney Upshaw.

That's because fellow rookie Upshaw played with him at Alabama, where they won a national championship last season.

Richardson has had two disappointing outings with the Browns when he gained only 39 and 27 yards, but he ran for 109 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The potential is there.

"You just got to wrap him up and gang tackle him. He's going to run the ball hard every snap. If he's got nothing he's going to try and get a yard or two," said Upshaw, who started for the first time at linebacker in Week 3 vs. the New England Patriots. "A tough, hard runner. Nothing more needs to be said. He's a phenomenal back."

Upshaw has struggled to get into form since injuring his shoulder in training camp. With Paul Kruger limited by a back injury, Upshaw made an impression Sunday vs. New England. The defense held the Patriots to 77 yards rushing, the first time it has held an opponent to less than 100 total rushing yards for the season.

Upshaw almost had his first sack of Tom Brady, but the Patriots quarterback fooled Upshaw.

"I missed a sack. I came wide open," Upshaw said of that 31-30 comeback win. "I wasn't expecting Brady to step out the way. Just got to execute on stuff like that."

But he made other key plays. Trailing 13-7, Upshaw wasn't fooled on an end-around play by Julian Edelman and dropped him for a 13-yard loss. That ended what appeared to be another scoring drive for the Patriots, who instead punted as the Ravens went ahead 14-13 on the next possession.

Upshaw has 14 tackles for the season and is credited with a half-sack on Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. He's getting better physically, and it's showing on the field.

"The coaches had told me I'd be starting. It wasn't really a surprise. Honestly I just want to go out and play. It felt good. Better than what I have been," said Upshaw, who has dropped about 20 pounds since training camp. "I've just got to try and continue to get better production week in and week out to make sure I retain that starting job."

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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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