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Urban gets timeout for getting too close to Flacco

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Urban gets timeout for getting too close to Flacco

Ravens coach John Harbaugh felt the need to punish defensive end Brent Urban during Wednesday’s OTA session. Yet, Urban is also doing plenty of good things to get noticed.

Urban got too close to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco during a drill. Invading the franchise quarterback’s personal space during a non-contact drill is a no-no. Then to make matters worse, Urban celebrated with defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan on the sideline.

Harbaugh saw that, and decided Urban needed a timeout, keeping him on the sideline for bit.

“It was Brent’s second time, so he was sent to his room for a couple of days,” Harbaugh said. “But we do like to keep our guys away from the quarterback – that’s good. He was a little too close, and then he was celebrating it. That’s what sent me over the edge. It’s like, ‘Do you not understand what we’re doing here?’ But he has practice really well.”

Urban has practiced well enough to spend plenty of time with the first team defense. Veteran defensive end Chris Canty has not been at OTA’s, and Urban and Canty will compete for a starting defensive end spot.

A fourth-round pick in 2014, Urban missed his entire rookie season due to a knee injury in training camp. Urban had impressed the coaching staff up to that point, and he has apparently picked up where he left off before being injured.

Whatever Urban does, he’s easy to spot. He’s massive (6-foot-7, 295 pounds), but he’s also athletic. He’s part of a Ravens youth movement on the defensive line, along with Jernigan, Brandon Williams, and Kapron Lewis-Moore. All of them hope to fill the void left by defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who was traded to the Lions after nine stellar seasons with the Ravens.

The coaches like what they see from Urban. That is, as long as they don’t see him too close to Flacco.

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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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