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Ravens' John Harbaugh, Justin Tucker defend failed fake field goal attempt

Ravens' John Harbaugh, Justin Tucker defend failed fake field goal attempt

BALTIMORE – The Ravens defended their fake field goal attempt Sunday against the Redskins, even though the play didn’t work.

Justin Tucker, a right-footed kicker, lined up as a left-footed kicker before the ball was snapped. That could have potentially tipped off the Redskins, but Tucker said he was supposed to line up that way.

“Our thinking was that if our guys in practice didn’t notice it, and we have some smart players on the other side of the ball, then we’d have a chance to put one over on somebody on game day,” Tucker said.

Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore was open for Tucker’s pass, but the pass was short and deflected off Duke Ihenacho of the Redskins incomplete. Ihenacho said after the game that he didn’t notice Tucker lined up differently than normal.

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Asked the last time he threw a pass in a game, Tucker said, “I couldn’t tell you. I think the last time I threw a pass was in high school on a botched PAT attempt. So there you go.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh defended the decision to call the fake, instead of kicking what would have been a 34-yard field goal attempt for Tucker. The Ravens led, 10-6, at the time.

“You can second-guess it, but I’m not second-guessing it,” Harbaugh  said. “I’ve stood up here for nine years and we’re going to be aggressive. People are going to have to defend fakes, they’re going to have to defend us going for it on fourth down, that’s just the way we’re going to continue to play, because that’s what we believe in. We believe in giving our players a chance to make plays, and we’re going to keep doing it. We’re not apologizing for that.”

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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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