Ravens second- round pick Sergio Kindle, the team’s top draft pick this year, is officially a Baltimore Raven Thursday per GM Ozzie Newsome, as Kindle signed a one-year deal with the team, allowing the team to retain his draft rights.
Kindle was drafted in April with the 43rd pick in the draft, but days before the team’s inaugural training camp started on July 25th, Kindle fell down two flights of stairs in a friend’s home and fractured his skull.
The team had high hopes for the 2009 All-American and All-Big 12 linebacker, but those expectations will have to wait to be seen on the field for the Ravens.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh all but ruled Kindle out for the season last week, but with Kindle unsigned, the Ravens had to make a move to make sure Kindle was not drafted by another team in next year’s draft.
“There’s no way to predict these things,” Harbaugh told the media last week. “You don’t know how a brain heals. It’s different in everybody and there’s just no way to predict it. So, you just have to see where it goes.”
And with Kindle signing a one-year deal believed to be worth around 300,000, Kindle is a Raven at least for this year.
He will be placed on the team’s Reserve Non-Football Injury List, ending his season.
Now Kindle will be hard at work rehabbing trying to get healthy for next season. Having been rehabbing between Dallas and Baltimore, Kindle is confident he will be able to suit up as a Raven in the forseeable future.
“I know I’ll play football,” Kindle said in a press release. “I don’t know when, but I’m going to make it back. Things will get better. I’m staying positive-always.”
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