An NFL source tells Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star that free agent LB Zach Orr‘s visit with the Colts was an “information-gathering effort” with Indianapolis wanting to get an idea of whether his congenital spinal condition would allow him to continue playing.
According to Holder, the Colts “have not reached a comfort level with Orr that would pave the way to his signing with the team.”
Holder adds that the Colts’ interest will ultimately come down to medical opinions regarding Orr’s condition.
Orr is scheduled to take his third visit to New York and meet with the Jets on Saturday after speaking with the Lions and Colts in recent days. Reports have said that there are as many as 16 teams interested in Orr and he plans to take as many meaningful visits as possible.
On Friday, Orr explained during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that he retired due to a birth defect and not an injury.
“The reason I retired is a birth defect, not an injury,” Orr said. “I’m not injured. I feel great.”
Orr added that he elected to retire from the NFL back in January after seeing just one doctor.
“I retired after seeing only one doctor,” Orr said, per Sirius. “The rest of doctors have told me I’m not at a greater risk.”
Orr, 25, wound up signing on with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas back in May of 2014. He played out the final year of his rookie contract and is now an unrestricted free agent.
The Ravens placed Orr on season-ending injured reserve towards the end of December.
In 2016, Orr appeared in 15 games for the Ravens and recorded 133 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and five pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 81 linebacker out of 87 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.