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AP Pro32 ballot from Lynch

AP Pro32 ballot from Lynch

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter John Lynch of Fox Sports:

Week 11

JOHN LYNCH (Fox Sports)

1. Houston Texans - Impressive win for the Texans in an old school, bad weather, tough, brawl vs. the Bears in Chicago. They have earned and belong in the top spot.

2. Atlanta Falcons - A loss vs. New Orleans possibly the best thing that could have happened to the Falcons. A very good team that needs to improve its run offense and tackling on defense to do something they have been unable to do of late. Win in the postseason.

3. Chicago Bears - The Bears defense played as great as they have all year vs. the Texans. They didn't score on defense, and the offense without a concussed Jay Cutler couldn't either.

4. Green Bay Packers - The Pack and their QB Aaron Rogers are 6-3 and starting to play real good football. A bye should have star players Clay Matthews and Greg Jennings closer to a healthy return.

5. Denver Broncos - The Broncos are getting better as a team every week. All phases are pitching in. The defense held Cam Newton and the Panthers to 0 for 12 on third down, special teams have TD returns past two weeks, and Peyton and his offense continue to get better.

6. San Francisco 49ers - A tie? Yes a tie. Alex Smith a little more valuable than the critics think?

7. New England Patriots - They held on vs. the Bills but this defense needs to tighten up to win another Lombardi.

8. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens put a beatdown on the Raiders. They scored 55, albeit against the Raiders, who have given up 97 points in the last two games.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers - It certainly wasn't pretty beating the Chiefs in OT. What might be even more ugly is the thought of playing without QB Ben Roethlisberger, who was injured and may miss some time.

10. Seattle Seahawks - Seattle is a good football team. The defense is suffocating. Rookie QB Russell Wilson is as good as there is at home and about as bad as there is on the road. He needs to play like he's at home all the time for them to win consistently.

11. Indianapolis Colts - The Colts are having a magical season, inspired by the fight of their coach Chuck Pagano and a rookie QB who looks nothing like a rookie.

12. New York Giants - My preseason No. 1 's inconsistent play of late has them dropping. I still believe this is a team that will challenge for the Lombardi. I'm starting to get concerned, though. Can they pull it together?

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Bucs continue to score points in bunches. They lost another starter in LB Quincy Black this week. They have embodied the "next man up" mindset better than anyone, but at what point does the reliance on depth - on a team where depth was an issue to start - catch up to them?

14. Dallas Cowboys - A huge win over the Eagles. I said last week that this is a team capable of making a run. With Cleveland and Washington in the near future, it looks like a distinct possibility.

15. Minnesota Vikings - Was it a blessing in disguise that the NFL's leading WR going into last weekend Percy Harvin was out? I think so. It allowed QB Christian Ponder to "run an offense" and go through progressions as opposed to feeling compelled to feed Harvin. Against Detroit, Ponder threw to nine different receivers (10 counting himself) and looked good doing so. Now they will welcome Harvin back after the bye.

16. New Orleans Saints - The offense remains explosive and is improved as they are utilizing their RB's more often and effectively. The defense is improving ... baby steps on defense.

17. Miami Dolphins - Oops. Back to reality for QB Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins. Four turnovers will do that to you.

18. Detroit Lions - A talented football team that is struggling to win consistently. They have underachieved and need to turn it on now to play in the second season. They are capable, but face a tough schedule moving forward.

19. Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals unleashed some frustration on the defending champion Giants and were impressive in doing so!

20. San Diego Chargers - Having played against him a lot, I have a great deal of respect for Philip Rivers. However, the harsh reality is he used to be a closer, now he wilts in the fourth quarter.

21. Philadelphia Eagles - The Nick Foles era begins in Philly.

22. Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals had a bye and better have figured some things out.

23. Washington Redskins - The Redskins are reeling as their defense doesn't have the horses and RG3 is showing he is human.

24. Buffalo Bills - The Bills are battling tough the last couple of weeks in defeats to the Texans and Pats. Tough competition.

25. St. Louis Rams - The Rams had an opportunity to beat the 49er's as Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yard field goal ... but wait, delay of game and then even "Greg the Leg" couldn't make a 58 yarder. So it's a tie.

26. Tennessee Titans - After being humiliated by the Bears, owner Bud Adams says everyone's job is on the line. Maybe Bud ought to say this every week as they pounded the Dolphins 37-3.

27. New York Jets - Seattle routed the Jets 28-7. It wasn't that close.

28. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers "out Foxed" soundly in their old coaches return.

29. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders have given up 97 points in the last two games. Enough said!

30. Cleveland Browns - Changes are likely to come in Cleveland.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jags were outclassed by the surging Colts.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - Gutty effort giving the Steelers everything they could handle.

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Ravens tight end suspended a year or more for violating substance abuse policy

Ravens tight end suspended a year or more for violating substance abuse policy

The NFL announced today that tight end Darren Waller of the Baltimore Ravens would be suspended for a year or longer for his second violation of the substance abuse policy.

Waller was a 2015 sixth-round pick out of Georgia Tech who served a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season for a substance abuse violation. After returning from his suspension last year, he posted 10 catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns in a limited role.

After his 2016 violation, he was quoted as saying [via Ravens.com]:

“There were other personal issues, and [marijuana] was the one thing I always turned to,” Waller said. “It was just about finding more positive outlets for me to do, like talking to people about it and things like that. I’m definitely at a better place with that now.”

Unfortunately for the Ravens, he will miss the 2017 season and potentially longer after the latest violation. It leaves the Ravens down two tight ends from last year after Dennis Pitta was released earlier this month after re-injuring his hip.

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Former Raven Zach Orr considering NFL comeback after postive health prognosis

Former Raven Zach Orr considering NFL comeback after postive health prognosis

In January of 2017, former Ravens linebacker Zach Orr took the podium at the team's training facility alongside head coach John Harbaugh, GM Ozzie Newsome and defensive coordinator Dean Pees, to announce he would be retiring from football at the age of 24.

Why? Orr suffered a shoulder injury during their week 16 game against longtime rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, which shed light into a condition he's had since birth.

He had a routine MRI, but the Ravens training staff suggested a full body CAT scan as well. The CAT scan reveled Orr had a congenital back/spine condition where one of the upper vertebra isn't totally formed causing there to be an opening. Less than 1 percent of people are born with such a condition and he wasn't aware of it until he suffered this injury.

Doctors told Orr he was at risk of paralysis or even death if he played with such a condition. He also would have never been able to pass an NFL physical, ultimately forcing him to retire.

During his press conference, Orr said this,

"If there's some miracle way where I can play the game, I promise I'd be the first one to grab my cleats again, start back training and try to find a way to get back out there," Orr said.

Well, fast forward to today and it seems that miracle may have happened.

NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo told Good Morning Football that after getting a second opinion from doctors, and receiving positive news, Orr is considering a return to the NFL.

"I had my mind made up. I was like man, the doctors told me I was done. This is a serious issue. So I'm going to leave it alone. But I just kept hearing that from multiple people and some were telling me to just go check out and seek out some more opinions and things like that and come to find out my condition, it is rare – .01 percent of the people have what I have – but there's no actual evidence or facts that I'm at a higher risk than any other player. And it's actually been documented that a college player who had the exact same thing that I have that returned to play with no problems."

The doctors' real concerns would be if someone with Orr's spinal condition played with a herniated disk. He did suffer from herniated disks last season, but that injury has since diminished. 

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If Orr does decide to get back into the NFL, getting signed could be pretty easy. 

When he announced his retirement, he never filed for retirement papers and the Ravens never placed him on their reserve/retired list because they never thought he would play again.

Because of this, Orr is considered an unrestricted free agent and can sign with a team right away. 

Orr had his best season in 2016, where he lead the Ravens in tackles with 133. It's been reported that eight teams have reached out to the linebacker since his announcement and that he will be meeting with the Lions on Thursday.