Ever since Sergio Kindle fell down two flights of stairs and fractured his skull back in late July, the Ravens have said that getting their top selection in the 2010 Draft back on the football field isn’t their top priority.
The team says its focus is more on making sure that the former Texas linebacker is able to get fully healthy and live a normal life.
That’s why Kindle was put on the non-football injury list this season, guaranteeing that he won’t play at all in 2010, and it’s also why the Ravens have maintained that they’re not sure if the 23-year old will ever be able to play football again.
Kindle, on the other hand, has been adamant that he will eventually strap on a helmet and join his Ravens teammates on the field at M&T Bank Stadium, and he’s said repeatedly he hopes that time will come next season.
But getting medically cleared to play next season won’t be easy.
The second-round pick wrote on his Twitter account last night that he got word from doctors that he might not be able to return for the 2011 campaign.
“Dr’s up here make’n me nervous bout my chances of come’n back next yr!!” Kindle wrote. “dey aint say’n i wont play but dey aint say’n i am eitha!! KING SERG”
He added: “yal know its a business so if i cant play next yr, dey aint gon keep me here!! But [expletive] IT i gota keep grind’n so i can ball out next yr!!”
Kindle signed a one-year contract with the Ravens back in September, and the team will hold his rights for three more years as an exclusive rights free agent.
Since signing that contract, Kindle has been at Ravens headquarters taking part in individual drills, lifting, sitting in on meetings, and watching practices.
The Texas star was expected to rotate in at outside linebacker behind Jarret Johnson this season, and the Ravens envisioned Kindle becoming a part of their third down pass rush unit.
They will be without him for all of this season, and it’s possible he won’t suit up for at least another year as well.