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The Early Retirement of a Raven

Sports Illustrated's The MMQB—January 23, 2017

Sports Illustrated writer Peter King covers Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zach Orr's announcement for his early retirement at age 24 in his blog The MMQB.

Todd J. Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at Hospital for Special Surgery, has not treated Orr but does treat congenital spine conditions. King asks him if it's common for a player to reach his third season in the NFL without being tested for such a dangerous condition. 

Dr. Albert said it's not surprising that a football player wouldn't get a CAT scan on a specific body area without symptoms. "A CAT scan is a lot of radiation, there would need to be a reason to get one."

This article originally appeared at MMQB.SI.com.


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