Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle joined ‘The Morning Reaction” Thursday to update Drew Forrester on his rehabilitation, and with his team set to take on the Carolina Panthers (1-8) on Sunday, the former Texas Longhorn is studying up for next year when he hopes to be ready to play.
“I’m just continuing the rehab, working out, and I’m in the playbook so when next season comes around, I’ll be more than ready,” Kindle said Forrester.
Kindle suffered a fractured skull on July 26th after falling down some stairs in a friend’s home and was unable to attend training camp for the Baltimore Ravens.
Controversy arose as if the cause for his fall was truly because of the lights being off as Kindle claimed or if alcohol was the culprit behind his two-flights-of-stairs fall.
Kindle did eventually sign with the team, so the Ravens retain his rights. He signed a one-year deal worth the league minimum on $320,000.
He also received his salary pro-rated, so in the end he will receive 282,000 of that money minus the games he was not on the roster. He was also not granted a signing bonus.
Even more worse and frustrating for Kindle, the team’s top draft pick in this year’s draft, was the fact that he could not play football this year. In fact, that hit him more than the health concerns-or that is what he told Forrester.
“I feel everything happens for a reason, but the good thing is you’re here and you can advantage of your time that you do have being,” Kindle replied.
But Kindle said he knows what this time is best used for.
“It can be vital learning the playbook and adjusting to the system can be very vital if you take advantage of it. I’m looking for a chance to better myself sort of like a red-shirt year.”
Kindle was confident that if he wasn’t placed on the Reserve Non-Football Injury list that he would be able to suit up in a Baltimore uniform this season.
“In my opinion, I think I could play, but I’m not a doctor so I don’t know how that would have played out.”
“I felt like I was gonna be able to play two months ago sooner that later. I just wasn’t ready then.”
But just like a sponge, he has been soaking in as much as he can from the leaders of the defense like number-52, Ray Lewis.
“All of those guys have welcomed me back with open arms,” Kindle said. “It’s like a brotherhood, and it’s all family love up here.”
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