The Ravens announced eight roster cuts before Monday’s practice, including wide receivers DeAndre Carter, Aldrick Robinson, and Trent Steelman, and cornerback Tramain Jacobs. Others let go were guard Leon Brown, offensive tackle Marcel Jones, punter Justin Manton, and long snapper Patrick Scales.
Carter may have been the most surprising cut, but the undrafted rookie did not look good on special teams after a strong spring and early summer as a receiver. Carter bobbled a couple of kickoff returns during preseason, and with nine receivers still on the roster, the Ravens knew they would have to make tough cuts at that position. Robinson, a former Redskins receiver, never made enough plays during practices or games to stand out among the group.
Monday’s cuts left the Ravens’ roster at 82 players, with the team still needing to get to 75 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Ravens may place some injured players on injured reserve or the PUP list to help them trim to 75. That injured group includes tight ends Dennis Pitta and Allen Reisner, cornerback Chris Greenwood, safety Matt Elam, defensive end Brent Urban, and offensive linemen De’Ondre Wesley and Darryl Baldwin.
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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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