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LT Stanley wasn't going to let anything stop him from making Ravens debut

LT Stanley wasn't going to let anything stop him from making Ravens debut

BALTIMORE - Rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley said there was no way he was missing the Ravens’ preseason opener. That’s why John Harbaugh got a funny look from Stanley before Thursday night’s game, when the head coach asked if Stanley felt good enough to play.

“I asked him before the game, ‘Are you going?’’’ Harbaugh said. “He looked at me like, ‘Are you crazy? Of course I’m going.’’’

Anyone who questioned Stanley’s passion for football before the draft should stop worrying. In his brief time with the Ravens, the No. 6 pick overall has already made several things clear. Stanley doesn’t want to miss practice. He doesn’t want to miss games. He doesn’t want to miss anything associated with becoming a premier left tackle in the NFL as quickly as possible.

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So despite suffering a minor injury during a recent practice, Stanley was in the starting lineup Thursday night when the Ravens defeated the Panthers, 22-19. Stanley looked solid during his playing time, and the fact he was on the field was another point scored with his coaches and teammates.

The Ravens entered the draft knowing they needed more stability at left tackle. Last year’s starting left tackle Eugene Monroe, who has since retired, missed 17 of a possible 34 starts the past two seasons. The Ravens are hoping Stanley will be healthier and more consistent protecting quarterback Joe Flacco’s blindside, not just this season, but for many seasons to come.

“I really didn’t want anything to stop me from playing (and) definitely wanted to be a part of this,” Stanley said. “I knew this was going to be a big moment in my life, and it was.”

It was only the first preseason game. But for Stanley, the Ravens hoped it was the start of something special.

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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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