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NFL Playoffs Capsule-Ravens at Broncos

NFL Playoffs Capsule-Ravens at Broncos

BALTIMORE (11-6) at DENVER (13-3)

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Broncos by 9 1/2

2012 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 7-10; Broncos 11-5

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 6-4.

AP PRO32 RANKING - Ravens No. 11; Broncos No. 1.

LAST MEETING - Broncos beat Ravens 34-17 on Dec. 16, 2012

LAST WEEK - Ravens beat Colts 24-9; Broncos had bye.

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (11), PASS (15)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (20), PASS (17)

BRONCOS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (16), PASS (5)

BRONCOS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (3), PASS (3)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Ravens won only previous playoff matchup, 21-3 in 2000, then went on to win Super Bowl. ... Ravens LB Ray Lewis, retiring after this season, his 17th, is 11-7 in playoff games. Lewis had INT in only postseason meeting against Denver. ... Ravens S Ed Reed has eight career postseason interceptions, tied for fourth most in NFL history. ... Ravens Joe Flacco is first QB in Super Bowl era to win playoff game in each of his first five seasons. He has postseason record of 6-4. ... Ravens RB Ray Rice has averaged 102.7 yards from scrimmage in three regular-season games vs. Denver. In Dec. 16 meeting, Broncos held Rice to 38 yards rushing and 3 yards receiving. ... Ravens rookie RB Bernard Pierce rushed for 103 yards on 13 attempts vs. Colts last week. ... Last week, Ravens WR Anquan Boldin had the most second-half yards receiving (145) since Jerry Rice (157) in 1989. ... Broncos are sixth team since 1970 to finish season with 11 or more straight victories. ... Broncos QB Peyton Manning ranks third on all-time list for playoff yards passing (5,389). Manning's 37 TD passes and 105.8 passer rating led the AFC. ... The four-time MVP is only 9-10 in postseason games. ... RB Knowshon Moreno rushed for 115 yards on 21 carries in regular-season game against Baltimore. ... Broncos CB Champ Bailey has two playoff interceptions, including 100-yard return vs. New England in 2006. ... Broncos WR Eric Decker had eight catches for 133 yards and 51-yard touchdown in last game vs. Ravens. Decker had 1,064 yards on 85receptions this season, with 13 TDs. Demaryius Thomas led Denver with 94 for 1,434 yards, and had 10 TDs.

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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.