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Wakeup call for Ravens at Browns: Five players to watch

Wakeup call for Ravens at Browns: Five players to watch

CLEVELAND – Here’s your wakeup call for Ravens at Browns today (1 p.m.), and five players to watch once the action gets started:

Terrell Suggs, Ravens OLB – It’s going to be an emotional game for the Ravens, playing just one day after the death of longtime defensive line coach Clarence Brooks. Suggs and Brooks had a coach-player relationship for more than a decade, and shared a close bond. In only his second game since last year’s Achilles injury, Suggs may have to lead the Ravens’ pass rush, especially with linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot) not playing, and linebacker Za’Darius Smith (ankle) questionable.

Josh McCown, Browns QB – He’s an obvious choice, considering his past success against the Ravens. Already 2-1 against the Ravens during his career, McCown will enter this game with confidence, and could be hard to cool off if the Ravens let him get hot.

Gary Barnidge, Browns TE – Barnidge didn’t have a catch last week, but that should change with McCown at quarterback instead of Robert Griffin III. When the Browns beat the Ravens in Baltimore last year, Barnidge had eight catches for 139 yards, including a circus between-the-legs grab for a touchdown. Expect McCown to look for Barnidge early, and to target him throughout the game.

Mike Wallace, Ravens WR – Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco loves the addition of Wallace, who gives him a veteran deep ball target to stretch the field. We saw Wallace and Flacco hook up for a 66-yard TD play in Week 1. Why wouldn’t they try for another deep connection in Week 2?

Terrance West, Ravens RB – West was a disappointment for the Browns after they drafted him in the third round (2014). The Browns have a new coaching staff, a new front office, and many new players, so West says this isn’t a revenge game for him. Not sure we should believe him. The Ravens want to get their running game going, and while Justin Forsett might be the main guy on Sunday, it could also be West.

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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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