Nearly five months after being drafted by the Ravens, rookie linebacker Sergio Kindle has reached an agreement on a contract with the team.
The former University of Texas star, who the Ravens took in the second round of April's draft, will be placed on the Reserve Non-Football Injury list, which means he will not play this season.
Kindle is expected to be in Baltimore tomorrow to sign his contract, and he will speak with reporters thereafter.
The linebacker participated in the Ravens' offseason minicamps and was expected to be a contributor this season as a pass rusher and special teams player. His 2010 season was put on hold, however, when he fractured his skull falling down two flights of stairs in late-July.
Head coach John Harbaugh has said previously that because of the severity of the injury, there is a chance that Kindle may not play football again.
"There's no way to predict these things," Harbaugh said last week. "You don't know how the brain heals. It's different in everybody. We'll just see how it goes."
Kindle missed all of training camp and hasn't been allowed to appear at Ravens headquarters since the team relocated to Owings Mills because, up until this point, he had been unsigned.
Signing Kindle to a contract, however, means that the linebacker can rehab at the team's facilities, where he can be monitored by Ravens trainers. It also means that the Ravens will hold his rights for three more years as an exclusive rights free agent, whereas Kindle would have gone back into the draft if he had not reached terms with the Ravens.