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Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams would 'love to have' Zachary Orr back on defense

Since Zachary Orr's revelation on NFL Network on June 28 that he intended to make a comeback and play this season despite a serious spinal condition, there have been few developments in the former Ravens inside linebacker's bid to return to the league.

Orr led the Ravens defense last season with 132 tackles and ranked third with three interceptions before retiring in January because of a C1 vertebra at the top of his spinal cord not being fully formed. He visited the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets, but the following weeks have been quiet.

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Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams said he saw Orr recently and described his former teammate as looking "great."

"Looked like he was getting ready to play again," Williams said Wednesday. "I was just like, 'Hey, man, if you want to come on over?' I'd love to have him back. He's a baller. When he was on the field, you knew what kind of player you were going to get. He knew what he would have to do, and he would do it. You didn't have to come watch him or tell him what to do. He's a great player. If he was here, I'd welcome him with open arms and probably cry. But if he's not, hopefully he's somewhere where he gets to ball out and keep getting better as a player."

Still, any injury connected to the spine would seem to raise a red flag for Orr. But Williams said he understands the mentality that Orr likely has about getting back into the sport.

"He's a gladiator," Williams said. "We're all gladiators, and if we can fight, we're going to fight, and we're going to push ourselves through. That's what football is all about. You get nicks and bruises, but you just keep fighting on. He knows what he has. When you play football, you know what you sign up for — no matter what you might have or what you might get along the way.

"I definitely don't find it surprising at all that he wants to continue to fight and continue to compete. That's just the warrior that he is. If we could get him back, that would be great. But I wish him good luck on wherever he goes, and hopefully, someone picks him up because they're going to get a great player."

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