BALTIMORE – Ravens tight end Ben Watson suffered a torn right Achilles on the first play from scrimmage Saturday night against the Lions, an injury that would likely end his season.
Losing Watson was a devastating blow for the Ravens, and for Watson in his first season with the team. They acquired Watson during free agency, after he had a career year (74 catches, 825 yards, six touchdowns) with the Saints. Watson had enjoyed an excellent training camp, and showed no sign of slowing down at age 35.
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He was likely in line to play the most snaps at tight end, because Maxx Williams, Crockett Gillmore, and Dennis Pitta have all missed time due to injuries.
Suddenly, tight end depth is an issue for the Ravens. Pitta has a fractured finger and has not played this preseason. Neither Williams nor Pitta dressed for tonight’s game, and reserve tight ends Nick Boyle and Darren Waller are both suspended to start the season.
Watson was supposed to provide veteran leadership for the tight end group, as well as consistent play. Unfortunately, his first play on Saturday night was likely Watson’s last play of the season.
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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