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What to watch at Ravens Monday night practice at M&T Bank Stadium

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What to watch at Ravens Monday night practice at M&T Bank Stadium

The Ravens will practice at M&T Bank Stadium for the only time during training camp, Monday night a 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, with an autograph session for children and fireworks after practice. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Here’s what I’ll be looking for when the Ravens take the field:

How rookies, like tight ends Maxx Williams and running back Buck Allen, respond to working at M&T

It will be a different atmosphere, moving from the practice facility at Owings Mills to the stadium where the Ravens play on Sundays. More fans, bigger surroundings, perhaps a little more nerves for the younger players.

“It’s another step,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “When we first came back and we first went to the stadium – I’m going to say four years ago maybe – we had a really bad practice. It was kind of a shock to their system to be in that environment. We’re dropping passes, messing up assignments – nothing like we had done up to that point. So I just think it’s a real plus to put them in that environment. Plus, it’s great for our fans.

“I would just encourage in this whole greater Baltimore area – or whatever – (to) bring your kids in, get them a hot dog and a Coke and have a great time, and have a great night, and enjoy the stadium, because it’s a jewel. It’s a beautiful place to be.”

Justin Tucker attempting some long field goals

Tucker likes working in the stadium where he will be kicking during the regular season. He’s already one of the best kickers in the NFL, but Tucker would like to be even more accurate from beyond 50 yards.

“If there’s any kind of emphasis, really what we’re trying to do is to keep the same swing (and) make those kicks without having to change our technique,” said special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg.

Injuries

Matt Elam (biceps) looks like the only serious injury, but linebacker Elvis Dumervil (Achlilles tendinitis), cornerbacks Rashaan Melvin (hamstring) and Tray Walker (hamstring), and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) may all miss this practice. The Ravens don’t want the injury list to get any longer.

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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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