CLEVELAND -The Ravens will be counting on their offensive line depth Monday night against the Browns. Both left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee) and left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder) were inactive, along with wide receiver Marlon Brown (back), defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, cornerbacks Tray Walker and Cassius Vaughn, and defensive tackle Carl Davis.
James Hurst would start at left tackle, Ryan Jensen would start at left guard, and John Urschel would make his second start at center in place of Jeremy Zuttah (torn pectoral, out for season). The Ravens hoped their revamped offensive line would provide ample protection for Matt Schaub, making his first start at quarterback in place of Joe Flacco, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week.
Former Towson star Terrance West was active for the first time with the Ravens, and was expected to backup starting running back Buck Allen. If West sees playing time, he will have ample incentive to do well against the Browns, who drafted him in 2014, but traded him to the Titans after just one season.
Defensive end Brent Urban was also active for the first time this season after suffering a biceps injury during training camp that has kept him out all season.
Inactive for the Browns were wide receivers Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel; defensive backs Joe Haden, Pierre Desir, and Don Jones; defensive lineman Randy Starks, and offensive lineman Joel Bitonio.
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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.”
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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