Ravens rookie likely to miss season

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, Last Updated: 3:03 PM ET

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens rookie linebacker Sergio Kindle likely will not play at all in 2010, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

Speaking after practice on Friday, Harbaugh said "he went through the battery of tests from independent doctors, the best in the business here in Baltimore, and he's got some serious issues that he's dealing with. I think the chances of him playing this year are slim. We're going to be very, very careful, the doctors will be careful, Sergio will be careful with this type of an injury."

Kindle suffered injuries to his head when he apparently fell down two flights of stairs at a private residence in Austin, Texas in July, shortly before the start of training camp. He has yet to take the field after being selected with the 43rd overall pick out of Texas in the April draft.

Kindle has not signed a contract and Harbaugh said the team will work with his agent and the NFL Management Council to work out a deal so Kindle can be at the Ravens facility to take part in meetings, weightlifting and some other football-related activity.

"It will be an opportunity for him to get on track for the future. We're trying to protect our investment and also give him an opportunity to get through this and still pursue his dream."

Kindle was the first player ever to be named as a finalist for both the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker and Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end in 2009 after splitting time at both positions for the Longhorns.

Kindle recorded 70 tackles, 22 of those for a loss, 5 1/2 sacks, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles as a senior.


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