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NFL Capsule: Steelers at Ravens

NFL Capsule: Steelers at Ravens

PITTSBURGH (6-5) At BALTIMORE (9-2)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - OFF

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Pittsburgh 5-6; Baltimore 5-6

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 18-15

AP PRO32 RANKING - Steelers No. 14, Ravens No. 6

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Steelers 13-10, Nov. 18

LAST WEEK - Steelers lost to Browns 20-14, Ravens beat Chargers 16-13 OT

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (19T), RUSH (22), PASS (13)

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (5), PASS (1)

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (12), PASS (11)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (26), PASS (23)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Second meeting of AFC North rivals in span of three weeks. Ravens won first encounter 13-10. ... Six of last seven regular-season games between teams have been decided by three points. ... Ravens seeking second straight season sweep of Steelers. Baltimore has won five of seven. ... Baltimore has won 15 straight at home since Pittsburgh's 13-10 victory on Dec. 5, 2010. ... Steelers uncertain whether Ben Roethlisberger or Charlie Batch will start at QB. Batch 5-3 as starter with Pittsburgh, 24-30 overall. ... Pittsburgh's league-leading defense allowing 257.2 yards per game. ... Steelers LB James Harrison (61 sacks) passed Joey Porter for second-most sacks in team history behind Jason Gildon (77). ... Pittsburgh had season-high four sacks last week vs. Browns and forced 10 punts. ... Steelers S Troy Polamalu expected to return from right calf injury after missing nine of first 11 games. ... Ravens can clinch playoff berth with win, and can clinch second straight AFC North title with win and Cincinnati loss in San Diego. ... Baltimore has won four straight and eight of nine. ... Ravens' only touchdown against Steelers two weeks ago was on punt return by Jacoby Jones. ... Baltimore has allowed only nine passing TDs, lowest in league. ... Ravens have won 12 in row against AFC North foes, longest current divisional run in NFL. ... Baltimore RB Ray Rice has only two touchdowns and 471 yards rushing in eight games against Steelers. ... Baltimore 9-1 when WR Torrey Smith scores touchdown. He has seven TDs this year, tying output as a rookie. ... Ravens WR Anquan Boldin needs 87 yards receiving to reach 10,000 for career. ... Ravens LB Paul Kruger has four sacks in last three games.

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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.

MORE RAVENS: Zach Orr considering coming out of retirement

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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. 

MORE RAVENS: 2017 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

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.