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Urban to short-term IR; Magee re-signed

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Urban to short-term IR; Magee re-signed

The Ravens have placed defensive lineman Brent Urban on injured-reserve-designated-to-return and have re-signed rookie running back Terrence Magee to take Urban's roster spot.

Moving Urban to short-term IR was expected when the team did not place him on season-ending IR last week. Urban has been sidelined with a torn biceps suffered early in training camp. Under the league's IR-designated-to-return rules, Urban must remain sidelined through Week 8, and the Ravens have a bye in Week 9. So the soonest he could return to action would be Nov. 15 against Jacksonville.

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Urban, who missed all of his rookie season in 2014 with a knee injury, was expected to share defensive end duties with Chris Canty. Canty turns 33 in November, so a late-season return of Urban could provide a boost along the Ravens defensive front. Urban will have a three-week window once he returns to practice; at the end of that period, he must either be activated or placed on season-ending IR.

Magee, an undrafted rookie out of LSU, was among the Ravens final roster cuts this past weekend. With Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) likely to miss the season-opener at Denver on Sunday, the Ravens were down to just two healthy backs in Justin Forsett and rookie Buck Allen.

Magee had 26 carries for 93 yards in the preseason and also averaged 21.3 yards on three kickoff returns. He is the only player on the roster who had any kick return experience this preseason; the other four (Asa Jackson, Aldrick Robinson, Tom Nelson, DeAndre Carter) were all cut.

Assuming Magee is on the roster on Sunday at Denver, it will mark 12 straight years the Ravens have had at least one undrafted rookie make the Week 1 roster.

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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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