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Ravens Promote Fitness At Local Schools; Discuss Losing Lewis & Webb For Year

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)— The Ravens made the rounds, donating their time to students in Baltimore. They also talked about losing Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb for the rest of the 2012 season.

Jessica Kartalija has the story.

Ray Rice made a surprise visit to Hilton Elementary Tuesday. But before meeting students, he talked to WJZ about his two star teammates sidelined for the season.

“In terms of Lardarius Webb, we know he’s a hard-working guy, and we’ll look forward to having him here next year,” Rice said. “But Ray, that’s a different situation. Like Coach Harbs said, he’s a stand-up man, and whatever he decides to do. But I’m always optimistic. I need him back with me next year.”

Rice congratulated students on eating right and getting 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

It’s all part of the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign.

“What you put in your body is what you are going to get out of it,” Rice said to students.

At M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens hosted their first team challenge for kids and talked about their injured teammates.

“It’s tough losses,” said Jacoby Jones. “It’s hard to feel, but we have guys to step up and play their role when they’re called. It’s the NFL, and they’ll answer to the call.”

“It’s the next-man-up philosophy, as with anywhere in the football world, so we’re locked and loaded, and there’s a lot of good guys on this team,” said Justin Tucker.

“It’s a tough loss for us, but we have a philosophy on our team, and it’s ‘next man up,’ so we’re all going to have to step up and try to make up for them,” said Torrey Smith. “Obviously they’re tough to replace, but we’re a team, and we all have to stick together now more than ever and try and get it done.”

Now it’s back to work, teaching 100 students from Dogwood Elementary about fitness and sportsmanship.

“This preaches the importance of eating healthy and working out, and most importantly, being a great sport,” Smith said.

The Ravens joined NFL teams across the country who participated in Fuel Up To Play 60 events on Tuesday.

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