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Ravens RB Buck Allen still shaken by shooting death of friend Joe McKnight

Ravens RB Buck Allen still shaken by shooting death of friend Joe McKnight

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens running back Buck Allen said Thursday that he was still shaken by the Dec. 1 shooting death of his friend, former Jets and Chiefs running back Joe McKnight. Allen went to USC, where McKnight also played college football. While McKnight and Allen never played together, they became friends and spent time socially together.

“It’s just sad that somebody like that is gone,” Allen said following Thursday’s practice. “He was trying to get in back school, get his degree. To see something like that happen really hurt me. I shed tears. I’m not even going to lie.”

McKnight was just 28 years old. He was shot in Terrytown, La., about five miles from New Orleans, by Ronald Gasser, who admitted to police that he was the shooter in an apparent road rage incident. Gasser was initially released after the shooting, but after local authorities received heavy criticism, Gasser was arrested for manslaughter Dec. 5.

“My heart goes out to Joe’s family,” Allen said. “I know it’s hard. If it’s this hard for me, I can’t imagine what his family is going through. He was a great guy, a funny guy. From what I saw, he never looked for trouble. Joe liked seeing people succeed. He liked helping younger guys. Sometimes I still think, ‘This can’t be real.’ That news that was just hard to take.”

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Summer Guide: Top restaurants and bars to hit before or after Ravens games

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Summer Guide: Top restaurants and bars to hit before or after Ravens games

Whether you're a Ravens fan looking for a couple of drinks pre-game or a bite to eat post-game, it's important to know the local spots around M&T Bank Stadium. 

With the 2019-20 season only weeks away, it's time for a refresher of the best places to go before and after Ravens games. 

In no particular order, consider these: 

The Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St.

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Endless burger options, insane potato fries and extensive beer menu.
  • Watch out for the spicy pickle, it's crazy hot!

Blue Moon Too, 1024 Light Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Best breakfast in Baltimore!
  • Perfect place to fuel up before hitting a Ravens game.

Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd.

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Famous for its atmosphere before and after Orioles and Ravens games.
  • It's got great specialty sandwiches, burgers and a list of craft brews.

Shakers Fine Spirits & Wine Lounge, 737 Carroll Street

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Perfect for a post-game drink.
  • Quieter ambiance, big list of mixed drinks and wines.

Spoons, 24 E. Cross Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Famous for their eggs and breakfast/brunch.
  • Perfect before a Ravens game.

Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W. Pratt Street

  • 0.6 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Indoor/outdoor seating with a strong beer selection.
  • Great for before or after a Ravens game.

SoBo Cafe, 6 W. Cross St

  • Famous for neighborhood comfort food like Mac n' Cheese and Chicken Pot Pie.
  • Takes reservations, perfect outing before a Sunday game.

Bookmakers Cocktail Club, 31 East Cross Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • 400 types of whiskey, rye, and bourbon.
  • Old-fashioned ambiance, perfect for a pre-game drink.

Fat Larry's Cheesesteaks and Hoagies, 1026 S. Charles St

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Massive sandwiches to hold you down during Ravens games.
  • Referred to as a "hidden gem" by Baltimore natives.

Sliders Bar and Grill, 504 Washington Blvd.

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Deep-rooted history with the Orioles and Baltimore.
  • Great snackable food for before or after a Ravens game.
  • Down the street from Pickles Pub.

 

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Tavon Young could potentially be out the remainder of the season with 'serious' neck injury, Harbaugh says

Tavon Young could potentially be out the remainder of the season with 'serious' neck injury, Harbaugh says

Ravens cornerback Tavon Young could be out for the foreseeable future with a "serious" neck injury, Coach John Harbaugh told the media following the Ravens' 26-13 win over the Packers Thursday night.

The 2016 fourth-round draft pick out of Temple sustained the injury earlier in the week and missed practice and the team's Week 2 preseason win.

“Tavon has a more serious issue than we thought," Harbaugh said. "He’s got a neck issue. The doctors can explain it, but it’s a disc issue. That’s a serious injury."

The severity of Young's injury still needs to be determined by doctors, but Harbaugh said it doesn't look good.

"He could be out for the remainder of the season, we’ll know soon," Harbaugh said. "But, it doesn’t look good for Tavon.”

Once the severity of the injury is evaluated, doctors will make a determination on the best route to take for Young's healing. However, Harbaugh said that a procedure would be “probably the best thing to do."

Young's injury comes just after signing a three-year extension with the team in February.

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