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Rice speaks up on bullying

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Rice speaks up on bullying

Big-name pro and college athletes can make a big impression on people in their community. Their athletic talents often catch people's attention, but they can do things away from the field or the game which will help also.
It used to be that way all the time, but in this me-first world we live in now, its the exception rather than the rule. But Ray Rice is one of those athletes who wants to do more and realizes he can do something different.
The teams website had an interesting article which talked about Rices thoughts that he posted on Facebook following the tragic shooting at Perry Hall High School on Monday. Some early reports have said the boy who did the shooting was tired of being bullied and pushed around. Rice is big on people not being bullied.

The website talked about how Rice hosted A Ray of Hope: A Pro-Kindness, Anti-Bullying, Teen Suicide Prevention Outreach, an event which drew a big crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.
To that end, Rice posted some very interesting messages on Facebook on Monday and Tuesday about this. Heres one the Ravens put up in this articleHow do people stand by and do nothing? We need to start saying whats wrong? and do something about it before tragedy strikes! I cant help but wonder if someone was kind to these kids if their paths would have shifted long ago and tragedies would be averted. Just makes me thinkand wonderand hope for better things.
Hes right, you know. Too often, especially when it comes to kids, thats what happens. We stand and watch and nobody steps forward to do a thing. Then its too late.
But my words wont mean much, quite frankly. Yours might not either. However, when someone like Ray Rice or Joe Flacco or a big-name player says them, well, it just might get a person to listen and do something. Give Rice credit for doing this.

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It's Friday and the Ravens still haven't announced who their starting quarterback is for Sunday

It's Friday and the Ravens still haven't announced who their starting quarterback is for Sunday

The suspense is killing us.

Will it be Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III or actually Joe Flacco starting for the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in the most important game of the season, in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals?

Well, it's almost time for happy hour on a Friday and we still don't have a definite answer.

Flacco, who is nursing a right hip injury, did not practice this week and was listed as doubtful on the team's Friday injury report.

But the good news is that Jackson, who missed Thursday's practice with an illness, was a full participant Friday. When asked whether Jackson missing the most crucial day of practice is concerning, head coach John Harbaugh had us scratching our heads.

“It’s not ideal,” Harbaugh said. “Was it part of the plan? Apparently, it was.”

Jackson admitted that the possibility of his first NFL start Sunday would bring on a few butterflies but that once the ball was snapped,"it's on."

"You have to have trust with your guys," Jackson said Wednesday. "You have to have them believing in you to put points on the board. So, that’ll be my job if I’m out there.”

And in the latest version of 'The NFL is wild,' Robert Griffin III was the only Ravens quarterback who participated in a full week of practice.

The 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year hasn't started an NFL game since January 1, 2017, but has stayed up to speed in case a moment like this occurred. 

"That's my job. That's why they brought me here," Griffin III said Wednesday. "They brought me here to be a pro. They brought me here to help this team if need be. I try to help the defense every week on scout team and then do those [reps], and if my number's called I'll be able to go out there and lead this team."

Prior to this week, Flacco had only been on the team's injury report eight times and had missed only three regular-season practices. In 11 years, Flacco has missed just six games, starting the last 41. 

Guard/tackle James Hurst (back) has been ruled out for the fourth week as well as Tim Williams (ankle).

Cornerback Tavon Young (ankle), tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and safety Tony Jefferson (thigh) are listed as questionable. 

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Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline

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Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline

Le'Veon Bell decided not to return to the Steelers this season, and his former teammates have apparently decided they can have his belongings. 

The All-Pro running back didn't sign his $14.5 million franchise tag by Tuesday's deadline, and thus is ineligible to play this season.

Steelers player were seen plundering his locker Wednesday in front of reporters. Defensive end Bud Dupree went right for Bell's cleats, thanking him for the Jordan brand shoes and saying he wishes Bell success.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters he sent Bell his well-wishes, but got no response from his former backfield mate. 

It's unclear what Bell plans to do next, but it's crystal clear the Steelers have moved on, with his shoes in tow. 

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