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Ravens LB Zach Orr Retiring From NFL Due To Congenital Neck Condition

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Ravens LB Zach Orr is retiring from the NFL due to a serious injury.

  • According to Rapoport, the Ravens weren’t able to talk Orr out of walking away from the NFL.
  • Mike Garafolo adds that Orr was playing with a cracked bone in his shoulder late in the season and ultimately missed their Week 17 game with what a neck injury.
  • Multiple sources tell Jeff Zrebiec that Orr is now dealing with a congenital neck condition that will end his career.

Last night, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the Ravens had made “considerable progress” on a new contract for Orr. However, that appears to be inaccurate if Orr has already made the decision to retire from the NFL.

Orr, 24, 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 in line to be a restricted free agent in the coming months.

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’ll have more regarding Orr as the news is available.