OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ravens linebacker Zachary Orr has announced his retirement after learning he has a congenital spinal condition.
The 24-year-old Orr led the Ravens this season with 132 tackles. He joined Baltimore in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas and stepped into a starting role this season, playing the middle linebacker position once held by Ray Lewis and Daryl Smith.READ MORE: Looking to Travel? Here are the Latest COVID-19 Travel Restrictions State by State
Orr hurt his neck on Christmas Day in a game against Pittsburgh and missed the season finale against Cincinnati. An examination revealed he had a herniated disc, but further testing and a CT scan that revealed a spinal condition he wasn’t aware he had.
Orr was told he could not pass a physical and that playing would be dangerous, so he had no choice but to retire.READ MORE: Michigan Lawmakers raise concerns over reports of National Guard troops being served 'raw, moldy food' at US Capitol
In addition to being the Ravens’ leading tackler this season, Orr had three interceptions, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
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