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After being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014 by the Baltimore Ravens and rising up to become a starter in the 2016 season, linebacker Zach Orr has announced he will be retiring after a devastating injury to his neck at the age of 24.
In week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he sustained a herniated disk and was placed on Injured Reserve. After more tests, it was revealed that Orr has a congenital neck condition. According to the neck specialist that Orr visited, his C1 vertebra is only 80% formed, meaning Orr would not pass a physical exam and cannot play football again.
The 2016 season was a breakout season for Orr, who led the team with 132 total tackles, three interceptions, five pass deflections, and one forced fumble. He was named to the second-team All-Pro as a result of his phenomenal performance in the regular season.
Replacing Orr will be a difficult task for the Ravens. However, the organization understood his decision to retire and did not force Orr into staying in the game. We wish Orr the best of luck in the upcoming years.