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AP Pro32 ballot from Marvez

AP Pro32 ballot from Marvez

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Alex Marvez of Foxsports.com:

Week 10

ALEX MARVEZ (Foxsports.com)

1. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons are halfway to perfection following last Sunday night's gritty win over Dallas.

2. Chicago Bears - The Bears scored in almost every fashion imaginable during last Sunday's 51-20 rout of Tennessee.

3. Houston Texans - This Sunday night's game against the Bears could be a preview of Super Bowl XLVII.

4. San Francisco 49ers - Following a bye, the chance to post a 3-0 division record awaits Sunday against visiting St. Louis.

5. New England Patriots - The Patriots must hope the trade with Tampa Bay for cornerback Aqib Talib turns out better than 2011 deals for two other players with character concerns - Chad Johnson and Albert Haynesworth.

6. Green Bay Packers - Even without injured targets like Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers has a legitimate shot at 50 touchdown passes.

7. Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes for a fifth consecutive game, but another statistical trio - three sacks by outside linebacker Von Miller - also helped spur Denver's 31-23 victory over Cincinnati.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers' trademark defense and wide receiver Mike Wallace's blazing speed were on display once again in a 24-20 road win against the New York Giants.

9. New York Giants - Since 2008, no defense had limited Eli Manning to 125 passing or less until last Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

10. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens still aren't a pretty team on the road, but Baltimore will take any win it can get, including last Sunday's 25-15 triumph at Cleveland.

11. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck is quickly approaching the bar for rookie quarterbacks set by Carolina's Cam Newton in 2011.

12. Seattle Seahawks - As evidenced by last Sunday's 30-20 home win over Minnesota, Pete Carroll's decision to stick with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson through some rough times is starting to pay dividends.

13. San Diego Chargers - For at least one weekend, #FireNorv wasn't trending on Twitter. That marks progress following last Thursday's 31-13 win over Kansas City.

14. Detroit Lions - The Lions finally played a complete game in last Sunday's 31-14 shellacking of Jacksonville.

15. Miami Dolphins - Andrew Luck 1, Ryan Tannehill 0. Miami's defense was skewered for a rookie passing-record 433 yards in last Sunday's 23-20 loss.

16. Minnesota Vikings - As I wrote last week, the Vikings face two challenges in the second half of the season: Getting second-year quarterback Christian Ponder back on track and compensating for the loss of cornerback Chris Cook (wrist). They failed in both regards during last Sunday's loss to Seattle.

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Running back Doug Martin (251 yards, four touchdowns) and outside linebacker Lavonte David (14 tackles) shined as members of Tampa Bay's rookie class in last Sunday's 42-32 win over Oakland.

18. New Orleans Saints - The Saints should lobby to play every Monday night. A 28-13 win over Philadelphia marked the franchise's eighth consecutive MNF victory.

19. Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals enter Sunday's home game against the New York Giants seeking to stop a four-game losing streak. The best way to start: Andy Dalton must end his eight-game streak of throwing at least one interception.

20. Philadelphia Eagles - Wither Andy Reid. Three more defeats and the Eagles will be assured the eight-loss season that team owner Jeff Lurie said would be "unacceptable" during the preseason.

21. Dallas Cowboys - Jerry Jones got locked out of the locker room following last Sunday's loss to Atlanta. The next step: Dallas being locked out of the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

22. Washington Redskins - Whether head coach Mike Shanahan meant it or not with comments made in his pregame news conference, the Redskins are cooked for 2012 after three straight losses.

23. Oakland Raiders - The run defense isn't fixed quite yet. Oakland allowed Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin to become the first player in NFL history with three touchdown carries of 40-plus yards in the same game during last Sunday's loss.

24. Arizona Cardinals - Quarterback John Skelton actually remained upright long enough to post a 300-yard passing game, but the defense let the Cardinals down by allowing four Aaron Rodgers touchdown throws in last Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

25. New York Jets - It doesn't get any easier for the slumping Jets coming out of the bye starting with Sunday's game at Seattle.

26. Carolina Panthers - The Redskins' homecoming weekend theme struck a chord of disrespect with Carolina, which finally produced a solid offensive performance in last Sunday's 21-13 road victory.

27. St. Louis Rams - If the Rams are going to make a playoff run, the time is now. Three of the next four games are against NFC West foes starting Sunday with the first of two matchups against NFC West-leading San Francisco.

28. Tennessee Titans - The Titans should be working on ball drills all week after Chicago cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman forced four fumbles in last Sunday's embarrassing 51-20 rout.

29. Cleveland Browns - Losses marred by mistakes and questionable coaching decisions aren't helping Pat Shurmur's plight to keep his job under new owner Jimmy Haslam.

30. Buffalo Bills - Slightly better defense, same result - a 21-9 loss to Houston.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Any Florida team dumb enough to wear black jerseys at home on warm Sunday afternoons deserves to lose by a wide margin like Jacksonville has in all four of its contests at EverBank Field.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - Head coach Romeo Crennel fired himself as defensive coordinator on Monday. Crennel's outright firing will be next barring a drastic turnaround in the second half of the season.

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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.