It’s been a long and rocky road for Ravens’ linebacker Sergio Kindle. In 2010, Kindle was taken in the second-round of the draft and was the Ravens top selection, as they did not have a first-round pick that year.
However, he missed the entire 2010 season after falling down two flights of stairs and fracturing his skull. This year, Kindle was poised and battled back from all the adversity, and looked as though he was ready to be the impact player the Ravens’ thought they were getting back in 2009.
For a third straight week, Kindle was once again on the inactive list, despite a rash of injuries the Ravens had heading into St. Louis.
Head Coach John Harbaugh was asked when Kindle might get a chance to be among the Ravens’ 46 active players on gameday. His answer, although, a bit harsh, made it clear as far as what coaches are looking for and those in personnel roles in the NFL.
“If you’re not dressing, it’s because you’re not good enough,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s a fact. I hate to say it that way, but I think if someone got hurt and he dressed, then he’d have a chance to prove himself. But the fact is, there’s better players right now. So we dress the best players. You’ve got so many DBs, so many linebackers, so many defensive linemen.
“It’s a very competitive deal, and the more depth you have and the healthier you stay, the tougher it is for guys. That’s the harsh reality. But the other side of the coin is that Sergio is young and he’s talented and he works hard and he wants to be a good player. So his challenge is when his opportunity comes, he needs to be ready, and that’s what he works for. It could be this week. It might be five weeks. It might be 10 weeks.”
For now, Kindle must take it day-by-day and try and do whatever he can to improve on the practice field. Out of all the active Ravens’ on the roster, Kindle is the lone man on the team, who has yet to be active for at least one game this year.
If Kindle can vastly improve on the practice field, the coaches will take notice. At this point, only time will tell if and when Sergio Kindle makes his way on to the field with the Baltimore Ravens in 2011.