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Former first-round pick Matt Elam elevated from IR to 53-man roster

Former first-round pick Matt Elam elevated from IR to 53-man roster

Matt Elam, a fourth-year safety, was elevated from injured-reserve to the 53-man roster, the Ravens announced Saturday. The move allows Elam to make his season debut Sunday against the Steelers after missing the first seven games with a knee injury. The Ravens waived cornerback Robertson Daniel to make room for Elam on the roster.

It was been a rocky and injury-plagued four-year stint with the Ravens for Elam, a former first-round pick in 2013 from the University of Florida. Big things were expected from Elam, but he struggled his first two seasons, then health became a problem. He spent the entire 2015 season on injured reserve with a torn biceps, and in August, he suffered his knee injury during a preseason game against the Colts.

Elam was having a strong training camp and preseason up to that point. He hopes to build off that experience to resurrect his career. Elam’s immediate contribution will likely come on special teams, although his role could expand as the season progresses.

“I’m going to be emotional anyway because it’s a Steelers game and it’s football period,” Elam said Friday in the locker room, anticipating that he might play Sunday. “I’m always emotional because I love this game so much. It’s a great opportunity, so I’m definitely going to take advantage of it.”

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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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