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Zach Orr may return to football after positive health news

Six months later, Orr is reportedly considering a comeback after receiving “more encouraging diagnoses about the congenital spinal condition which initially seemed to doom his National Football League career”. A postseason CT scan showed that his C1 vertebra isn’t fully formed at the top of his spinal cord and would have put him at increased risk for paralysis, or worse, if he continued to play.Orr, who led the Baltimore Ravens with 132 tackles and had three interceptions past year, said this morning on the NFL Network show “Good Morning Football” that he plans to play again this fall. He’ll visit a Lions team that had some of the worst linebacker play in the NFL past year, when the defense finished dead last in Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average metric and featured zero linebackers with a single sack, forced fumble or interception. Orr would have been a restricted free agent, but the team also chose not to extend a restricted free agent tender to him because of the circumstances.Orr’s decision thrusts a good player in his athletic prime back onto the market at a time when many rosters have already been set. “He is a free agent”, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday, according to the Ravens’ Twitter account.According to Mike Garafolo, the NFL Network reporter who broke the news, Orr could sign with any team, immediately, as an unrestricted free agent because the Ravens didn’t place him on their reserved/retired list. “He is a free agent”. But I just kept hearing that from multiple people and some were telling me to just go check out and seek out some more opinions and things like that and come to find out my condition, it is rare.01 percent of the people have what I have…but there’s no actual evidence or facts that I’m at a higher risk than any other player. “I love ball, and I’m ready to give whoever or whatever my all out there on the field”.Orr aggravated a right shoulder injury in the Ravens’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec.18.In 15 games last season, the inside linebacker led the Ravens with 132 total tackles and recorded three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and five defended passes. Gantt says they were talking to Orr about working on a new contract extension when he was forced to step away from the game. He did suffer from herniated disks last season, but that injury has since diminished. The Lions need help in the middle of their defense. Kamalei Correa, a second-round draft pick who played only sparingly on defense last season, is the front-runner to succeed Orr and start alongside C.J. Mosley.