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Zach Orr changes story regarding second opinion

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When linebacker Zach Orr announced his retirement in January, he said he talked to “multiple doctors and spine specialists” about the spinal condition which led him to walk away.

Apparently that’s not the case, but getting multiple opinions was part of his changing his mind and looking for a chance to play again.

The now-free agent linebacker told Alex Marvez and Mark Dominik on SiriusXM NFL Radio that at the time of his decision to walk away from football, he had only talked to Ravens doctors about the congenital spine deformity which was believed to put him at tremendous risk.

“It was probably a premature decision for me to retire so early just because I listened to one doctor,” Orr said. “After people found out I only went to one doctor, they were telling me, ‘You’ve got to go get a second opinion. It was kind of eating at me. Obviously, I wanted to play ball. I love ball. I went ahead and did that.

“Every opinion after that I found out that I’m not as at great a risk. Really, there was only one doctor that looked me in the eye and told me I was at greater risk. The rest of the doctors told me I wasn’t.”

That’s a pretty stark difference, and unusual that he wouldn’t have fielded multiple opinions from the start.

But with the Ravens convinced he was done playing football, they didn’t tender him as a restricted free agent. Now that he wants to return, he’s unrestricted and can sign with anyone. On the field, there’s no question. The 25-year-old Orr led the Ravens in tackles last year, and they were talking about a contract extension for him.

Now, he’s making visits, with the Lions first up, and others apparently scheduled. Those teams are all going to make sure their evaluations are thorough before they make a decision.

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8 Responses to “Zach Orr changes story regarding second opinion”
  1. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 30, 2017 1:31 PM

    Hey, guys don’t like to go to the doctor.

  2. chetlemonbasketcatch says: Jun 30, 2017 1:32 PM

    Love it when a player beats the system!

  3. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 30, 2017 1:37 PM

    This takes the Ravens traditionally poor job at player evaluation to a new level.

  4. submarinevet says: Jun 30, 2017 2:00 PM

    I watched the news conference he was specifically asked if he got multiple opinions and as the article said he said he had more than 1 opinion. Now he’s changing his story did not file papers. Knew he was going to come back 2 months ago but didn’t tell team so they could tender him. Thought he was one of the good guys now coming across as a liar and manipulative jerk

  5. dreamicus says: Jun 30, 2017 2:11 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Jun 30, 2017 1:37 PM
    This takes the Ravens traditionally poor job at player evaluation to a new level.

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    Considering he was an undrafted free agent and then became an All Pro for the Ravens that pretty much ends your argument right there. Plus, look at all the other free agents that play great for the Ravens and then get overpaid in free agency by another team and then do nothing. I’d say they are spot on.

  6. cma1973 says: Jun 30, 2017 2:15 PM

    Pats on line 1.

  7. whythecardinals says: Jun 30, 2017 2:21 PM

    Marc Bouniconti a similar condition. Mr Orr is taking a huge risk that is not worth all the money in the world.

  8. dreamicus says: Jun 30, 2017 2:26 PM

    submarinevet says:
    Jun 30, 2017 2:00 PM
    I watched the news conference he was specifically asked if he got multiple opinions and as the article said he said he had more than 1 opinion. Now he’s changing his story did not file papers. Knew he was going to come back 2 months ago but didn’t tell team so they could tender him. Thought he was one of the good guys now coming across as a liar and manipulative jerk

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    Except, he could have done this right after the tender window expired and had a better chance at signing a fatter contract with a team. Now most rosters are filled up and most teams are up against the cap. Plus, with the injury, he’ll most likely get a one-year deal with a team option for the second and prolly have to sign an injury waiver to protect the team like the Ravens had Dennis Pitta signed.

    Add to that the fact he was working on a multiple-year extension with the Ravens so he would have done better to stay with that.

    Plus, he’s a football player. He ain’t that smart.

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