OWINGS MILLS – Three takeaways from Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s press conference Monday:
1. Starting left guard Alex Lewis is in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Lewis did not finish Sunday’s 19-17 win over the Jaguars, with Ryan Jensen taking over in the fourth quarter. Lewis’ condition will be evaluated during the week.
“I thought he (Jensen) played well,” Harbaugh said. “He always gives you a spark man. He’s physical. That’s one of the things that we feel really good about. We’ve got some depth in our interior offensive line.”
2. Harbaugh is not worried about critics who aren’t sold on the Ravens’ 3-0 start.
Only five teams in the NFL are 3-0, and the Ravens are one of them. Yet the combined won-loss record of the Ravens’ three opponents so far is 1-8.
Are the Ravens a good team, or simply a product of playing poor competition?
“That’s a fair question, but I think it’s a better question for prognosticators, writers and media,” Harbaugh said. “And it’s cool. It’s good to have that question. It doesn’t matter to us. We don’t have to evaluate ourselves. We just have to get ready to play games.”
3. Harbaugh was fine with the trash-talking after the game between Ravens’ wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. and Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
“I was actually in the middle of that at one point,” Harbaugh said. “I got caught in the middle of that. It was kind of fun. I thought Steve Smith had a heck of a game. If that’s how he responds to whatever challenge is put before him out there, I’m for having that happen every week. I thought he responded quite well. I think he had eight catches.”
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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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