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Hali: Rice talks 'good trash'

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Hali: Rice talks 'good trash'

That running back Ray Rice likes to talk -- a lot -- isn't much of a surprise to anyone.

But the 5-8, 212-pounder sticks out in the mind of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali because of their last meeting, Jan. 9, 2011, in the playoffs.

The Ravens won 30-7, and Rice's statistics weren't that eye-popping. He had 57 yards rushing and 42 receiving for one touchdown.

Rice's rushing totals have been modest so far this season, 317 yards on 64 carries for a 5.0 yard average per try. But Rice leads the Ravens with 22 catches for 174 yards.

"Every year he's up there in yardage and touchdowns," Hali said of Rice, who only had 49 yards on 18 carries last week. "He's definitely a priority, hard runner and talks a lot of trash. He makes the game even interesting as it goes on."

Hali laughed as he recalled Rice's spunky attitude.

"I don't know if it gets him going, or it's something about him," Hali said. "It's good, though. It's not dirty trash. It's good trash. He's a good player and some guys are motivated doing that."

Rice blamed it on a former Chiefs player who got him riled up. Hali just happened to be a recipient of friendly fire, too.

"I was getting into it with one of their guys in the playoff game," Rice said. "I usually don't let anybody get to me in that kind of favor, but that one guy was playing very dirty that day -- twisting ankles under the pile, spitting and doing some things.

"Talking is usually not a part of my game. If it's talking, it's usually out of good nature."

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.

The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.

“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”

Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.

“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”

Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.

The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including what to watch for at OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. As the Ravens try and bolster their pass rush during the offseason, they hope to find much-needed help from outside linebacker, Shane Ray. The Ravens picked up Ray from the Denver Broncos where he had an unproductive last two seasons due to injury, only registering one sack in each of the past two seasons. However, Ray had a phenomenal career at Missouri as a unanimous All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. The Ravens have given Ray a shot at a career reboot and fans are excited to see what he's got.

2. Thursday is the media's first opportunity to get a look at the 2019-20 Ravens. Ravens writer Ryan Mink writes seven things to look out for at OTAs including, attendance from veterans even though OTAs are mandatory, a look at linebacker development with the signings of namely Pernell McPhee and Shane Ray and a first look at the rookie class to name a few.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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