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NFL Capsule: Titans at Colts

NFL Capsule: Titans at Colts

TENNESSEE (8-4) At INDIANAPOLIS (8-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Colts by 5 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tennessee 4-8; Indianapolis 8-4

SERIES RECORD - Colts lead 22-14

AP PRO32 RANKING - Broncos No. 4; Raiders No. 31

LAST MEETING - Colts beat Titans 19-13 OT, Oct. 28

LAST WEEK - Titans lost 24-10 to Texans; Colts beat Lions 35-33

TITANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (19), PASS (19)

TITANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (27), PASS (26)

COLTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (18), PASS (5)

COLTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (22), PASS (20)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Titans have lost all four games at Lucas Oil Stadium and haven't won at Indy since December 2007. ... Tennessee 3-2 in games decided by seven or fewer points, while Colts 7-1. ... Chris Johnson averages 103.3 yards from scrimmage against Colts and needs 7 yards to reach 1,000 for fifth straight season. ... K Rob Bironas needs six points to join Al Del Greco as only players in Titans history with 900 points. ... Kendall Wright leads rookie receivers with 54 receptions. ... Colts 5-1 at home this season, have won seven of last eight and have four straight home wins over Titans. ... Andrew Luck needs 404 yards to reach 4,000 for season and 456 yards to break Cam Newton's single-season record for rookie (4,051). ... Reggie Wayne needs two receptions to pass Buffalo's Andre Reed (951) for No. 10 in NFL history, three to reach 100-catch mark in games vs. Titans and extend NFL record streak of multiple-catch games to 61, and 12 to produce fourth 100-catch season of career. ... Donnie Avery needs five catches to surpass career high (53). ... TE Dwayne Allen needs six catches to tie Colts' rookie record for receptions by tight end (42). ... Indy ranks 30th in NFL with turnover margin of minus-16. Only Philadelphia and Kansas City have worse marks.

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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.