Kindle Headed For PUP List

Head Coach John Harbaugh didn’t rule out the rookie returning at some point this season.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

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Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh expects rookie outside linebacker Sergio Kindle to be placed on the inactive physically unable to perform list, but did not rule out a return at a later point this season.

Kindle, who suffered a serious head injury just days before training camp opened, is already working out and ahead of schedule in his recovery, Harbaugh said.

Kindle is headed to a hospital in Baltimore at the end of next week for a two-or three-day evaluation with neurologists. The Ravens are not allowed to see Kindle since Baltimore’s top 2010 draft pick is not under contract.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how that turns out,” Harbaugh said.

“Based on what I’ve been told – and some of it comes from Sergio, who is very optimistic, but also from the doctors – he’s ahead of schedule. He’s really recovering very quickly, which is really encouraging. But that’s why we want to make sure we get him and have the doctors compare notes with the people down in Dallas and see where he’s at.”

Asked for a timetable on Kindle’s return, Harbaugh said the “basic expectation” is that Kindle will start on the active PUP.

Kindle would be eligible to return after the Ravens’ Week 6 game against the New England Patriots on Oct. 17. Baltimore plays the Buffalo Bills in Week 7, then have their bye the following week, which could give Kindle more time to get in shape if he were cleared to play that early.

“We’ll evaluate it from there and see where we’re at,” Harbaugh said.

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