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What to watch at Ravens training camp August 11

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What to watch at Ravens training camp August 11

OWINGS MILLS -- The Ravens take the field at 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. It’s the last practice before Thursday’s preseason opener against the Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Here’s the buzz surrounding the team:

1. When will we see rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman?

Don’t expect to see Perriman in Thursday’s preseason opener. Even if Perriman (knee injury) were to practice Tuesday, he has missed the last nine workouts. The bigger question is not whether Perriman plays Thursday, but if missing all this time will hurt him once the regular season begins.

2. The Ravens are thankful for their offensive line depth.

Backup offensive linemen Ryan Jensen and Jah Reid have been getting plenty of work lately. Two other backup offensive linemen are dealing with concussions – John Urschel and Robert Myers. The Ravens also want to make sure that starting center Jeremy Zuttah and starting right tackle Rick Wagner are 100 percent in September. Zuttah has been practicing, but he had offseason hip surgery. Wagner has been practicing as well, but he had a serious foot injury that ended his 2014 season. Don’t be surprised if Jensen sees plenty of action at center Thursday, while Reid could play a lot at right tackle.

3. How is cornerback Lardarius Webb?

Webb left practice early Monday after getting beat on a deep pass by rookie receiver Darren Waller. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Webb, “had a little grab on his hamstring.” The Ravens are going to be careful with Webb. Keeping starting corners Webb and Jimmy Smith healthy remains crucial to the secondary. However, the Ravens increased their depth at cornerback by signing Kyle Arrington during free agency. They have also been impressed with cornerback Rashaan Melvin throughout this offseason and into training camp. If Webb is not 100 percent this season, I don’t think there will be hesitation to give Arrington or Melvin more playing time.

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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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