OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn’t go into details regarding injuries following Monday’s practice, but here’s what was learned:
• Neither rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley nor wide receiver Chris Matthews practiced. Both were injured during Saturday night’s practice. Harbaugh said he still didn’t think Stanley’s injury was serious. But if Stanley doesn’t play Thursday, it increases the chances that quarterback Joe Flacco won’t play. The Ravens may not want a backup left tackle blocking for Flacco in his first game since knee surgery.
• Three players returned to practice Monday: defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, cornerback Jimmy Smith, and safety Matt Elam. This is a critical camp for Elam, a first-round pick who is on the bubble.
• None of the five players on the PUP list returned – linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, wide receivers Steve Smith Sr. and Chris Moore, or running back Lorenzo Taliaferro. That’s especially not good for Taliaferro, with young backs Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon looking impressive in camp.
• Second-year tight end Maxx Williams left practice early with in undisclosed injury. Harbuagh said Williams’ injury was not serious.
• Tight end Daniel Brown had a scary moment, when he was on the ground for several minutes after taking a violent hit from undrafted safety Sam Brown. After getting to his feet, Daniel Brown walked slowly to the locker room with assistance.
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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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