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Report: Zachary Orr to visit Lions

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Linebacker Zachary Orr reversed course on Wednesday morning when he announced that he wants to play in 2017 after saying earlier this year that he planned to retire from the NFL due to a neck injury.

Orr was set to be a restricted free agent with the Ravens, but the team didn’t tender him a contract as a result of his initial plan to walk away from the game. That means he’s an unrestricted free agent now and his announcement has led to a quick response around the league.

Dan Graziano of reports that Orr will visit with the Lions on Thursday and that he has heard from eight teams since his appearance on NFL Network Wednesday morning. Medical checks will likely be a big part of his visit with Detroit and anyone else who brings Orr in for a meeting in the coming days and weeks.

The Lions drafted Jarrad Davis in the first round in April and he’s slated to start in the middle of the Detroit defense. Tahir Whitehead is expected to start on the weak side, but was limited this spring because of a knee injury. Paul Worrilow, Antwione Williams and 2017 fourth-rounder Jalen Reeves-Maybin are also in the mix at linebacker for Detroit.


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6 Responses to “Report: Zachary Orr to visit Lions”
  1. tiller21 says: Jun 28, 2017 11:08 AM

    Lions cannot let this STUD leave without a contract. This would be a GIGANTIC signing for them. Get it done QUinn!

  2. publicenemy#1 says: Jun 28, 2017 11:22 AM


  3. mikespillane337 says: Jun 28, 2017 11:29 AM

    Great player,it will come down to which teams medical staff clears him on if he signs.Admire his wanting to play and it is his choice but paralysis or death are not my idea of good side affects.

  4. matt2calvin says: Jun 28, 2017 12:29 PM

    He would immediately be a starter in Detroit’s LB crew. I hope the injury risk is overblown and he is relatively healthy…

    Add to 1st rounder in the middle and Whitehead on the weak side where he belongs – suddenly Detroit has a professional group of linebackers .

  5. rodgersfeeblecollarbone says: Jun 28, 2017 2:47 PM

    Wow…aside from injuries, if he is actually healthy, the Lions 3 best positions suddenly are LB, CB and O-line (aside from the Decker injury).

    When in the world has that ever happened?!!!

  6. b20sanders86 says: Jul 8, 2017 1:22 PM

    Would be a great needed addition if healthy. Hopefully the team stays healthy this upcoming season.

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