OWINGS MILLS – Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil is among many players perplexed by NFL officiating this season. In fact, Dumervil was so frustrated that he spoke up following Wednesday’s practice, without provocation.
Dumervil was asked a question about the Ravens’ injuries, and said the team could not afford to feel sorry for itself. But then Dumervil changed course, and started talking about officiating.
“I will say one thing with the referees - this is one of the most bizarre seasons I’ve ever seen,” Dumervil said. “For us, to not get no holding calls, - it’s a lot of things that I’ve felt like we’re being taken advantage of, for sure.”
Dumervil has six sacks this season, and obviously feels he is being illegally held by offensive linemen. Ravens opponents have not been called for offensive holding in 10 consecutive games.
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All the Ravens were upset during Sunday’s game, when a 52-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Daniel Brown was wiped out by a phantom pass interference call against Brown. Asked if he had a theory on why he felt the Ravens were getting shortchanged, Dumervil smiled and said, “It’s just not going our way this year.”
Dumervil felt it was time to speak up. He knows the Ravens are having a tough season. But he has not been impressed by the year the officials are having either.
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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