Justin Forsett agreed to re-sign with the Ravens just two days after being cut on Saturday, CSN has confirmed. The veteran running back is expected to practice Tuesday and will play in Sunday’s season-opener against the Bills.
It capped a strange 48 hours for Forsett, who was unexpectedly let go on cut-down day in one of the NFL’s most surprising moves. However, the Ravens clearly never intended to part ways with Forsett permanently. The first tip-off was that no Ravens players expressed their dismay, or sent well wishes publicly, after Forsett was cut. He is one of the team’s popular players and a locker room leader. Had Forsett been leaving for good, there would have been a stronger reaction among teammates.
Instead, cutting Forsett over the weekend bought the Ravens time to sort out other roster moves, like signing veteran returner Devin Hester on Sunday. Now the Ravens have placed safety Matt Elam (knee) and defensive tackle Carl Davis (ankle) on the injured list, creating room for Hester and Forsett on the 53-man roster.
It was not immediately known if Forsett was re-signed without taking a pay cut. He was due to make $3 million this season under his previous deal. But with Forsett back in the picture, he and Terrance West will are the top running backs on the depth chart heading into Sunday’s opener. In 2014, Forsett had a career year with 1,266 yards, and after this weekend’s turn of events, he should be more motivated than ever to prove he still has plenty of production left.
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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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