Live From Owings Mills: Kindle Likely PUP Bound, But Harbaugh Won’t Rule Him Out For Season

August 24, 2010 | Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Rookie LB Sergio Kindle (Texas) took to Twitter late Monday to make a proclamation about his football future.

“At the end of next week im back in baltimore! Its gone feel good too! King Serg”

Fans immediately began speculating about exactly what Kindle’s return to Charm City meant, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh clarified that on Tuesday.

“From a football perspective, we’re not allowed to see him at all. He’s not under contract. We’ve talked to the league about this, Ozzie (Newsome) has worked this out. There’s certain rules in place. We won’t be able to see him at the facility. But he’ll be meeting with neurologists, and they’ll get a chance to evaluate him for 2 or 3 days at the hospital facility.”

Harbaugh seemed upbeat about where the former Longhorns star finds himself physically after suffering a fractured skull in an accident at a friend’s house just before he was to report to Westminster for Training Camp.

After visiting with the neurosurgeons, the team will get the chance to make a further evaluation and then work on a contract with their first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

“He’s been able to work out” said the coach. “Based on what I’ve been told, and some of this is coming from Sergio-who is very optimistic, but also from the doctors-who say he’s ahead of schedule. He’s really recovering very quickly, which is really encouraging.”

Harbaugh would not set a true timetable for Kindle’s return; but said the “basic expectation” is that Kindle would start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. When asked if he would rule Kindle out for the 2010 season, Harbaugh simply responded “No.”

WEBB WON’T RETURN: On Monday, CB Lardarius Webb told the media he’d like to get back in the picture as a kick returner. On Tuesday, Harbaugh all but shot down those chances for the 2010.

“I think at some point in time in the future he could be a returner again, depending on what his role is on defense and what other guys we have in the mix. But certainly not early, and I really don’t think so this year.”

Harbaugh did concede Webb could be a “backup” in the return picture, but admitted that Jalen Parmele and other candidates would fill the KR role(s).

MANY NOT AT PRACTICE: Amongst the Ravens not participating during the portion of practice open to the media were injured players like CB Marcus Paschal (leg), WR Demetrius Williams (ankle), DT Brandon McKinney (knee), OT Jared Gaither (back) and Oniel Cousins (concussion). McKinney had practiced Monday.

Strangely not practicing despite no known injuries were DL Cory Redding, DT Terrence Cody and WR Marcus Smith. LB Brendon Ayanbadejo, S Ed Reed and RB Matt Lawrence remain on the PUP list. Teams are not required to release injury reports during the preseason.

NOTES: Gaither would set no timetable for a return from his back injury, which he explained as a “thoracic disc” injury. Gaither said he would return when he was “100% healthy”……LB Ray Lewis voiced his opposition towards an 18 game regular season-saying “we’re not automobiles, we’re not machines, we’re humans…I don’t think it’s knowledgeable to make us play 18 games.”……You can hear from Harbaugh, Lewis, Gaither, QB Joe Flacco and C Matt Birk now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net. LS Morgan Cox joined Drew Forrester Tuesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that interview is also available in the Audio Vault. LB Dannell Ellerbe is scheduled to join Drew Wednesday morning at 7:45.

-G

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