Ravens guard Marshal Yanda will decide soon if he will play in the Pro Bowl, and if he will need surgery on his injured shoulder. Either way, Yanda expects to move back to right guard next season, after ending the 2016 season at left guard to better cope with his shoulder injury.
“Yes, I’ll be back at right guard,” Yanda said as he cleaned out his locker.
As for surgery and the Pro Bowl, Yanda said, “We don’t know yet. We’re figuring that out. We’ll figure that out this week.”
Yanda remains one of the Ravens’ core players as a six-time Pro Bowler, and the team added two talented rookie starters in left tackle Ronnie Stanley and left guard Alex Lewis. However, more changes to the line may be coming. Right tackle Rick Wagner is a free agent, and center Jeremy Zuttah did not have his best season.
The Ravens need to be more committed to the running game next season, but Yanda said he was focused on getting healthy and playing at a high level, and not second-guessing the offense. Yanda will leave the direction of the offense to coach John Harbaugh and to the offensive coordinator, whether it’s Marty Mornhinweg or someone else.
“It would be nice to run the ball more, but in the end, I found out with that over the years, that’s Marty’s call,” Yanda said. “That’s John’s call. That’s their decision to make the call run or pass. We’re there to execute the play at a high level and not try to waste time thinking about that. There’s no use throwing your helmet on the sideline and doing stuff like that. It doesn’t help. What helps is that you’re locked in to run the play that’s called, because that’s my job. That’s Marty’s job to call the plays. That’s John’s job. Let them do their job, and we’ll do ours.”
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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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