OWINGS MILLS -- The Ravens take the field at 10 o’clock Monday morning after a day off Sunday. Here’s the buzz surrounding the team as they prepare for Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Saints:
- Which injured players will return?
Rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman has missed eight straight practices. While coach John Harbaugh had not ruled out Perriman for Thursday, it seems highly unlikely Perriman would play unless he practiced Monday and Tuesday. Even if Perriman doesn’t play Thursday, he needs to start making up for lost practice time.
Another wide receiver, Marlon Brown, has been sidelined with a back injury, while wide receiver Kamar Aiken missed Saturday’s practice with fatigue. Both guard Kelechi Osemele (foot) and tight end Maxx Williams (eye) tried to practice Saturday, but couldn’t go. That’s just part of the lengthy injury list, as more than 20 players on the roster missed time either Friday or Saturday. We’ll see if having Sunday off allows more players to come back.
- Will defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore be a factor this year?
A sixth-round pick in 2013, Lewis-Moore missed his rookie season with a knee injury, and missed last season after tearing his Achilles in training camp. With defensive end Brent Urban (torn triceps) gone for perhaps the entire season, Lewis-Moore is one of the players vying for Urban’s snaps. Will Lewis-Moore start showing that he’s ready for more?
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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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