Zachary Orr’s retirement surely wasn’t based on one doctor’s opinion

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As linebacker Zachary Orr tries to talk his way back into the NFL at a time when the team that previously employed him decided he can’t safely play, many are skeptical regarding his ability to receive medical clearance — and regarding the story he’s telling about past medical advice he received.

The recent claim by Orr that he retired based on only one medical opinion isn’t being received well by those who understand how the process works. As one said, it’s “beyond ridiculous” to believe that a team, a player, and/or an agent wouldn’t obtain multiple opinions on a career-ending injury.

Indeed it is. The Ravens had every reason to want Orr to be able to play. The doctors paid by the Ravens, in turn, had a strong incentive to err on the side of saying, “Sure, he can play.” With both the player and the team wanting to hear that Orr can play, there’s no way Orr would have retired based on one doctor sounding an alarm that he can’t.

For Orr, the challenge continues to be finding a doctor (or more than one) employed by a team that wants to employ Orr who won’t sound the alarm. In this climate of heightened sensitivity to player health and safety, who’s going to put his or her name on the bottom of the document that authorizes Orr to walk into the potentially enhanced risk of serious injury or death?

The risk of serious injury or death, small as it may be, exists for all NFL players. If it were to happen to anyone but Orr, it would be a gigantic problem for the game. If it were happen to Orr after he had retired due to the risk of serious injury or death due to a rare neck condition, it would push that problem to a far higher level.

At a time when some believe the league office has gotten the word out to the teams to not sign Colin Kaepernick (I personally don’t), it’s far more plausible to believe that 345 Park Avenue will be applying pressure on the various franchises to not give Orr medical clearance to play.

14 responses to “Zachary Orr’s retirement surely wasn’t based on one doctor’s opinion

  1. he clearly used
    one doctor’s warnings
    as a way to be released by retiring, only
    to try to get paid as a free agent sooner than he
    would

    he was their best defender, but ozzie has that
    team in a cap hell, so he left

    very simple

    ozzie painted himself into a corner in 2013

    no way flacco should be paid more than brady

    none of these qbs should, save for maybe rodgers

    brees makes me laugh..he bends loomis over the
    sink, already in cap hell, and them claims their
    cap is healthy and they are a playoff team on top
    of weak drafts by loomis

    i mean, these selfish players are delusional

  2. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 1, 2017 10:07 AM

    brees makes me laugh..he bends loomis over the
    sink, already in cap hell, and them claims their
    cap is healthy and they are a playoff team on top
    of weak drafts by loomis
    _________________

    This is what happens when your info comes from the comments section of football blogs. Brady does take team friendly contracts but Brees’ contract hasn’t been what has handcuffed the Saints. It’s the dead money that kills them year after year, . That’s on Loomis, just the past 2 seasons alone they ate $76 mil in dead money. There’s not another GM in the league that could survive that.

  3. It’s funny, how people take some Jobs firefighting, in construction, the military and in law enforcement, where there is great risk of serious injury or death. Yet it’s only NFL players and personnel whom carry the threat of losing or diminishing their livelihoods to outside forces should the inevitable happen from time to time.

  4. The NFL preaches safety for it’s players, the Ravens doctors found this medical condition. How can he pass a physical with another team with this documented medical condition. The NFL should not allow him to play.

  5. No quarterback takes funneled money under the table except Tom Brady. Everyone knows that.

  6. I’m sure Zach Orr is having a tough time right now with training camp approaching realizing his career is (or should be) over. It’s hard but he should move on to coaching (no doubt the competitive fire can be satisified there) or another field.

  7. It would be interesting what the NFL and their owners would do or say if someone would die on the field during a game. Hopefully, that never happens, but it’s not if it will happen but when.

  8. It would be interesting what the NFL and their owners would do or say if someone would die on the field during a game. Hopefully, that never happens, but it’s not if it will happen but when.

    It has already happened. Lions WR Chuck Hughes died on the field in the 1970’s.

  9. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 1, 2017 10:07 AM

    brees makes me laugh..he bends loomis over the
    sink, already in cap hell, and them claims their
    cap is healthy and they are a playoff team on top
    of weak drafts by loomis
    ==================================

    Another incredibly insightful and classy remarks from one of PFT’s biggest trolls. I guess there were no know Jet articles for him to troll so he picked one that has a very vague link to the Jets.

  10. Zachary Orr’s agent Robert Sheets claimed that the Detroit Lions never said “pass or fail” but conveyed the message that “everything looks great” concerning Orr’s medical condition. But of course, that’s Orr’s agent doing the talking.

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