No Spot For Kindle Just Yet

Rookie Pernell McPhee and Paul Kruger saw plenty of time as Sergio Kindle was inactive.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink, Week 1 vs Steelers

Optimism ran high in Baltimore when Sergio Kindle returned to the field at the start of training camp.

After missing the entire 2010 season due to a freak accident and a fractured skull, Kindle’s athleticism and toughness were again on display.

But the first-year outside linebacker still has some work to do to make the Ravens’ 46-man gameday roster. He was not activated for the Ravens’ first game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Harbaugh emphasized that Kindle is improving and will get his time. But for now, it’s just a numbers game and Kindle isn’t in the final equation.

“We get 46; you kind of start doing the math…,” Harbaugh said.

“Sergio Kindle is a very good player. He can help us, there’s no doubt about it. We’d like to have him up, but right now we just don’t have a spot. He’s just got to continue to improve and grow as a player. I’m sure he’ll have an impact before long.”

Before this preseason, Kindle hadn’t played in a game since the BCS National Championship on Jan. 7, 2009.

He said “the rust” didn’t come off until the Ravens’ third preseason game against the Washington Redskins. That was a little more than two weeks ago.

“It’s a learning curve, and I’m in the process of doing that,” Kindle said last Friday.

“It’s just a whole lot of stuff to learn. I just want to contribute in any way possible. I’m not exactly sure what that is, but whatever it is I’m going to do my best to get it done.”

The Ravens activated rookie Pernell McPhee at defensive end and gave the fifth-round pick a healthy share of snaps, especially considering it was his first game and against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

McPhee, who was one of the Ravens’ most impressive preseason game performers, finished with one tackle, one pass deflection and one fumble recovery when Ray Lewis stripped Steelers running back Mewelde Moore.

The fact that McPhee hustled all the way down the field to recover the fumble impressed Harbaugh.

“We preach that all the time,” Harbaugh said. “When you run to the ball and you play hard and play with recklessness like that, good things happen. And that was big for him and big for us.”

Outside linebacker Paul Kruger was another player who saw an increase in snaps. Kruger, who logged two sacks in the preseason, was frequently rushing opposite Terrell Suggs as the Ravens successfully generated more pressure and sacks.

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