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Season of adversity has toughened Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — There were just four days left until the season’s opening game when Kevin Byrne got the phone call from David Modell.

David’s father, Art Modell, had been gravely sick for several days and was at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. In the time he had been there, Art’s condition only seemed to worsen.

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