BALTIMORE – Ravens running back Justin Forsett and left tackle Ronnie Stanley were both inactive for Sunday’s game against the Raiders.
With Terrance West scheduled to make his first start of the season at running back, Buck Allen was activated for the first time in 2015 to serve West’s backup.
This raises questions about Forsett’s role moving forward, with rookie running back Kenneth Dixon (knee) slated to return soon, perhaps as early as Week 5 against the Redskins. Forsett has gone from starter the first three games to inactive for Week 4. Forsett turns 31 years old on October 14 and with three younger backs on the roster, Forsett may be the odd man out once Dixon returns.
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Stanley had been listed as doubtful with a foot injury, so his absence was not a surprise, especially after he was seen wearing a walking boot earlier in the week. James Hurst was expected to start at left tackle in place of Stanley, but blocking Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack could be a difficult matchup for Hurst in passing situations.
Both outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and left guard Alex Lewis were active for the Ravens. Dumervil was making his first start after offseason foot surgery, while Lewis was recovered from a concussion suffered Week 3 against the Jaguars. In addition to Stanley, Dixon, and Forsett, the Ravens’ inactives were cornerback Sheldon Price, cornerback Will Davis, defensive tackle Willie Henry, and outside linebacker Matt Judon.
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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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