Sergio Kindle, the Ravens' second-round pick last April, is not expected to play this season after medical test results released Friday show that he has still not recovered from a head injury that he suffered over the summer.
"He's got some serious issues that he's dealing with," Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said of his rookie linebacker. "I think the chances of him playing this year are slim. We'll be very, very careful; the doctors will be very careful; Sergio will be very careful with that type of an injury."
Kindle injured his skull in July after falling down two flights of stairs in Austin, Texas.
"I just want to be around the team and get better," Kindle said. "I miss the camaraderie and the guys. Things can only get better from here."
The rookie is yet to sign a contract, and the Ravens are currently working on one that reflects Kindle's injury.
The Ravens drafted Kindle out of Texas with the 43rd overall selection, although he was Baltimore's first pick of the 2010 draft. In the Pro Football Weekly 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote about Kindle that there is "no doubting his physical talent."
The way we see it
While Kindle's projected absence for the season doesn't come as much of a surprise, the questions now turn to how much the linebacker will be able to contribute down the road. The Ravens have had plenty of time to prepare without him, and it looks like they will work on having him ready for 2011.