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Injuries bigger concern for Ravens than adjusting to Marty Mornhinweg as OC

Injuries bigger concern for Ravens than adjusting to Marty Mornhinweg as OC

OWINGS MILLS — The biggest concern for the Ravens this week is their mounting injuries, not adjusting to their new offensive coordinator.

Plenty of talent missed Thursday’s practice — wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (ankle), right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder), inside linebacker C. J. Mosley (hamstring), outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot), right tackle Rick Wagner (thigh), punt returner Devin Hester (thigh) and safety Kendrick Lewis (thigh).

Will any of them play Sunday’s road game against the Giants? And if not, will the Ravens (3-2) be able to snap their two-game losing streak against the stumbling Giants (2-3), who have lost three straight?

Expect the Ravens to be missing at least a couple of key players Sunday. For Yanda to miss the first two days of practice with Marty Mornhinweg as the new offensive coordinator was not a good sign. It would also be asking a lot for Mosley to return from his hamstring injury suffered Sunday against the Redskins.

Then there was Dumervil, who has only played two games after offseason foot surgery, and who has not performed like an elite pass rusher when on the field. Dumervil’s chances to play Sunday didn’t look good either.

Hester was seen walking through the locker with a noticeable limp Thursday. That didn’t leave him much time to get ready.

Maybe Smith can come back from his ankle injury, but that was no guarantee. And if Yanda and Wagner were both out Sunday, the right side of the Ravens’ offensive line would be challenged without two starters.

No matter who plays, Mornhinweg knows people are eager to see how the offense responds, after Marc Trestman was fired Monday as offensive coordinator. Mornhinweg gave some vague answers Thursday when asked about specific changes. But he also gave no excuses, because injuries or not, he knew the Ravens needed to play better offensively.

“I’m telling you now that our expectations are high, period,” Mornhinweg said.

However, the Ravens’ list of injuries is long.

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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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