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Report: NFL believes Ravens were aware of no-pads rules when violating them

Report: NFL believes Ravens were aware of no-pads rules when violating them

The Ravens may not escape punishment for a recent rookie minicamp violation, if the NFL is not convinced by the Ravens’ explanation.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFL believes the Ravens knew they were violating league rules when they dressed rookies in full pads during a brief portion of rookie minicamp practice May 6.

Violations of NFL practice rules have resulted in fines, lost practice days, or forfeited draft picks. However, draft picks are only taken away in the case of multiple practice violations in the same year. This would be the Ravens’ first violation of 2016, so losing a draft pick would not be in order.

In 2014, the Seahawks were fined $300,000 for excessive contact during a minicamp. The Seahawks also forfeited two days of mandatory minicamp the following year.

When this story broke last week, ESPN reported that the Ravens believed rookie minicamp did not fall under the same rules as OTA’s. The Ravens explained that players were pulled off the field immediately, once they were given clarification by tight end Ben Watson, who is a players’ union rep.

It remained undetermined when the NFL’s investigation would be complete.

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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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