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Flacco ribs Pitta after he sprains finger during scuffle with Correa

Flacco ribs Pitta after he sprains finger during scuffle with Correa

BALTIMORE – Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta could laugh after spraining his finger Monday night, an injury that will cost him some practice time. His close friend, quarterback Joe Flacco, was also laughing at Pitta’s expense.

Flacco showed little mercy when he talked about Pitta’s finger after a night practice at M&T Bank Stadium. Pitta missed all of last season with the second major hip injury of his career, and he has looked good during his comeback attempt. Fortunately, a sprained finger will be just a minor setback. Pitta suffered the injury during a practice skirmish with rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa.

“He got his little baby injury that he always gets in camp, and gets himself out of a week in camp,” Flacco said. “That’s better than breaking his hip, though. I’m cool with that. It will put him on the sideline for a little bit and protect him a little bit.”

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Told of Flacco’s comment, Pitta looked at Flacco across the locker room with a wry smile.

“I heard Joe say, ‘Good thing he didn’t break his hip again, which isn’t that funny Joe,”’ Pitta said.

It was the most physical practice of camp so far, with at least six scrums breaking out during the night.

When was the last time the normally mild-mannered Pitta got into a skirmish during his seven-year career?

“In college,” Pitta said. “Normally, I don’t have a lot of reasons to fight people.  I felt like there was a reason. Without going into detail, I think there was some extra-whistle stuff that wasn’t necessary. Me and K. C. (Correa) already talked about it. We’re good.”

Fortunately, so was Pitta’s hip.

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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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