The Baltimore Ravens have placed linebacker Sergio Kindle and wide receiver LaQuan Williams on their inactive list for Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.|||||||
Kindle, a former second-round pick, has played in just two NFL games since fracturing his skull after falling down two flights of stairs in July 2010.
Kindle said heâ€™s not discouraged by the Ravensâ€™ decision to deactivate him for the first three games of the season, according to the Baltimore Sun.|||||||
Coach John Harbaugh told the newspaper said that Kindle wasnâ€™t better than the players who were active on gamedays but that he is still in the infancy stages of his career and continues to work hard in practice.
Kindle has pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge and avoided jail time. He also apologized Tuesday in Howard County District Court. Prosecutors recommended 30 days in jail, but the judge sentenced him to one year with all but five days suspended. He allowed the five days Kindle spent in a treatment facility to count as time served.|||||||
Kindle was pulled over in December in Savage and cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and related offenses. His attorney, Warren Alperstein, expressed optimism that Kindle will be able to play again after the NFL lockout is over. The second-round pick has yet to play a game for the Ravens after fracturing his skull in July 2010 when he fell down two flights of stairs.
Kindle might be forced to miss a second straight season in 2011 because of the uncertain status of his fractured skull. The former University of Texas star met with doctors at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday and received a disappointing report about his neurological condition. Kindle says his future is "up in the air" because doctors are uncertain how his skull would react to taking a hit.|||||||
Baltimore's top draft pick this year has yet to play in the NFL. He sat out this season after falling down two flights of stairs in late July at a friend's house in Austin, Texas. Kindle says he doesn't have any headaches or other symptoms from the injury. Signed to a one-year, $320,000 contract with no signing bonus or incentives, Kindle is scheduled to be an exclusive-rights free agent next year. The Ravens can hold onto his rights if they want to tender him.
The Baltimore Ravens and Kindle have agreed to terms on a 1-year contract, even though the linebacker will not play this season.|||||||
Kindle fractured his skull shortly before training camp in July when he fell down two flights of stairs. The former Texas standout underwent a series of neurological exams from independent doctors in Baltimore, which led the Ravens to believe he would not be able to play in 2010. He was placed on the reserve non-football injury list on Thursday. A second-round pick out of Texas, Kindle hopes to launch his NFL career next year.