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Why Harbaugh is 'not real optimistic' about Elam's injury

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Why Harbaugh is 'not real optimistic' about Elam's injury

OWINGS MILLS – The update on safety Matt Elam (triceps injury) wasn’t good. Coach John Harbaugh said he was expecting the worst, although he had not received the MRI results. That means Elam could be done for the season.

“I haven’t heard on the MRI yet, but I’m not real optimistic,” Harbaugh said following Sunday’s practice. “I haven’t heard the formal word, but it wasn’t very optimistic yesterday talking to the doctors.”

Harbaugh said he felt badly for Elam, who reported to camp with a positive attitude after struggling his first two seasons as a first-round pick in 2013. Elam suffered his injury during Saturday’s practice.

“I’m sure it’s very disappointing for him, he told me that,” Harbaugh said. “He came back with a renewed attitude. He just had grown up a lot. He was serious… tremendous shape. It’s a fluke injury. That’s a disappointment.

“Ray (Lewis) said in 2011, ‘God makes no mistakes.’ There’s a reason for this. Your job is to come out the other end of this adversity, and make the most of it.”

However, it sounded as if Elam’s next Ravens’ game might not be until 2016.

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Regarding other injuries: 

- WR Breshad Perriman – He missed his third consecutive practice with a knee bruise, but Harbaugh still thought Perriman would be back before “too long”, perhaps this week. 

- LB Elvis Dumervil – He also missed his third straight practice with Achilles tendinitis. Harbaugh said Dumervil would not return to practice until he was 100 percent. 

- CB Rashaan Melvin – He tweaked his hamstring during Saturday’s practice, and missed Sunday. Sounded as Melvin will miss a few practices this week.

- Tray Walker – The fourth-round pick tweaked his hamstring as well during Sunday’s practice and left early. He is likely on the same timetable as Melvin.

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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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