BALTIMORE – At least six skirmishes broke out during the Ravens’ practice Monday night, by far the nastiest session of training camp. Even mild-mannered tight end Dennis Pitta got into it, spraining his finger during a wrestling match with rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa.
Near the end of practice, coach John Harbaugh ripped his hat off, ran onto the field, and angrily screamed at linebacker Za’Darius Smith, who threw a punch at offensive lineman Ryan Jensen. Harbaugh temporarily tossed Smith and Jensen from practice.
Does Harbaugh like the intensity the Ravens are bringing to practice? Yes. Does he want them to take foolish penalties once the season begins? No.
“A physical football player and a smart football player go hand-in-hand,” Harbaugh said after practice. “So you have to know where to draw the line. It’s between the lines, between the whistles, and between your ears.
“You got to know when to walk away. You got to be smart. You cannot give up a personal foul penalty, down in here, that keeps a drive alive. You can’t do it. Teams have done that before. That’s how you lose football games, and our intention is to play winning football. And that’s not winning football.”
Tempers have been getting shorter as camp progresses. Tuesday’s off day for players was probably coming at a good time.
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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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