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Elvis Dumervil activated from PUP, returns to Ravens practice

Elvis Dumervil activated from PUP, returns to Ravens practice

OWINGS MILLS – Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil has been activated off the PUP list and practiced Monday for the first time since offseason foot surgery.

The return of Dumervil, well ahead of the Sept. 11 season-opener, was more good news for the Ravens who have been getting healthier recently.

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Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. were activated last week, leaving running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) as the team’s only player remaining on the physically unable to perform list.

Dumervil and Suggs hope to recapture their form of 2014, when they were the NFL’s top sack tandem with 29 between them. Losing Suggs to an Achilles injury in Week 1 last season was a devastating blow for the entire defense and for Dumervil in particular.

Without Suggs to attract double-team attention, Dumervil dropped from 17 sacks in 2014 to just six sacks last season.

With Dumervil and Suggs reunited, and the additions of linebackers Kamalei Correa and Matt Judon in the draft, the Ravens hope their pass rush will return to being a force.

Dumervil should reach a milestone this season, needing just four sacks to reach 100 for his career.  

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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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