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Add Terrell Suggs and Jimmy Smith to long injury list for slumping Ravens

Add Terrell Suggs and Jimmy Smith to long injury list for slumping Ravens

EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. – Will mounting injuries, along with inconsistent play, be too much for the Ravens to overcome?

Cornerback Jimmy Smith (concussion) and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (left arm) were injured during Sunday’s 27-23 loss to the Giants.

Already out with injuries were wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (ankle), linebackers C. J. Mosley (hamstring) and Elvis Dumervil (foot), left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot), right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder), and returner Devin Hester (thigh).

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There is no guarantee any of those players will be available Week 7 against the Jets. And it was clear they were missed today, when you consider:

— Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had six catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns in the second half after Jimmy Smith left the game. Without Smith, the Ravens’ secondary was clearly overmatched.

‚ Without Stanley and Yanda, quarterback Joe Flacco was hit too often. The Giants only had two sacks, but the Ravens had trouble picking up blitzes, and Flacco (26 for 48, 307 yards, no touchdowns) often threw under duress.

—  Suggs had the only Ravens’ sack, as Giants quarterback Eli Manning (32 for 46, 403 yards, three touchdowns) had time to connect with Beckham and others for deep plays. If Suggs is sidelined along with Dumervil, the Ravens’ pass rush may almost disappear.

Suggs wouldn’t talk about how badly his left arm was injured after the game, but said he would have the injury checked out.

“I don’t know, I ain’t no doctor,” Suggs said. “We’re going to see what’s up with it. I’ll let the doctor look at it and go from there. Whatever it is, you know who I am, and you know what I represent.”

Suggs said the Ravens couldn’t afford to use injuries as an excuse.

“You got to be a competitor,” Suggs said. “I’m not going to be the one to cost my team. We’ve all got to take a look at ourselves and see what we could do better so we could stop losing these games.”

Suggs vowed the Ravens were not demoralized by their three-game losing streak.

“This isn’t a death sentence,” Suggs said.

But the losing, and the injuries, are cause for concern. Last season, when the Ravens were injury-riddled and finished 5-11, they could not stop the bleeding before it was too late. If they can’t get healthier, and fast, the Ravens could find themselves in deep trouble again.

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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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