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Ravens LB Orr retires due to spine issue

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ravens linebacker Zachary Orr announced his retirement Friday after learning he has a congenital spinal condition.

The 24-year-old Orr led the Ravens this season with 132 tackles. He joined Baltimore in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas and stepped into a starting role this year, playing the middle linebacker position once held by Ray Lewis and Daryl Smith.

Orr hurt his neck on Christmas Day in a game against Pittsburgh and missed the season finale against Cincinnati. An examination revealed he had a herniated disc, but further tests showed a deeper problem.

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Pack WR trio may be game-time decision

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers may not know the status of injured receivers Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison until just before the NFC championship game on Sunday.

Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday that all three receivers would be "given every chance to play in the game."

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Falcons WR Jones returns to practice

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones has cleared his final hurdle for Sunday's NFC championship game against Green Bay by practicing for the first time this week.

Coach Dan Quinn says Jones had no limitations on Friday in his first practice since aggravating his sprained left toe last week.

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Dolphins-Saints among '17 London games

LONDON (AP) The NFL says the Jacksonville Jaguars will play the Baltimore Ravens in the first game at Wembley Stadium next season on Sept. 24.

The Miami Dolphins will take on the New Orleans Saints the following weekend at English soccer's national stadium.

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Bills WR Watkins has foot surgery again

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills star receiver Sammy Watkins is going to spend his second consecutive offseason recovering from surgery for a broken left foot.

The operation took place last week and after team doctors conferred with specialist Robert Anderson, the Bills announced on Friday.

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Vikings shed OC Shurmur's interim tag

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's interim tag has been shed by coach Mike Zimmer, a step toward stability for the team's offense following a tumultuous season.

The widely expected move was finalized Friday by the Vikings, who also fired quarterbacks coach Scott Turner and hired running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu and tight ends coach Clancy Barone. Kevin Stefanski switched from running backs coach to quarterbacks coach to complete the shuffle.

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Jaguars hire McCardell as WRs coach

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Keenan McCardell as receivers coach, adding one of Tom Coughlin's more popular players to new coach Doug Marrone's staff.

Coughlin, the team's new executive vice president of football operations, was instrumental in bringing McCardell back.

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Kelce, Clowney among latest to be fined

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL fined Steelers safety Sean Davis $24,309 of his helmet-to-helmet hit on the Chiefs' Chris Conley in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 18-16 win at Kansas City last weekend.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was docked $9,115 for cold-cocking Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell in the third quarter. He was flagged for unnecessary roughness when he knocked Cockrell down after the play.

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Watson among 103 to give up eligibility

NEW YORK (AP) For the second straight year, more than 100 players are giving up college eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

The league on Friday released a list of 95 underclassmen who have been granted early entry to draft, along with the names of eight other players, including Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who are draft-eligible by completing their college degrees.

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Raiders file paperwork to move to Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) First the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights. Soon, maybe, the Las Vegas Raiders.

Once looked on with disdain by major sports leagues, this gambling city is now just 24 votes away from cashing in on one of the biggest sports jackpots ever.

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