Kindle Anxious To Contribute

Sergio Kindle hasn’t seen active duty two games into the season.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy, Week 3 at Rams

Sergio Kindle isn’t questioning why he hasn’t played in a regular-season game yet, but he is anxious to get on the field.

After missing what would have been his rookie season last year due to a fractured skull, Kindle is chomping at the bit for action.

“It’s tough to watch from the sideline,” said Kindle. “It’s one thing to even be able to play again. I’m thankful for that, but it’s another to actually make it out on the field.

“My time will come.”

Kindle, the Ravens’ first-overall draft pick in 2010, never even made it to his first training camp, falling down two flights of stairs at a friend’s home in Austin, Texas, in a freak accident. He was subsequently hospitalized and could not participate in any football action until the following spring.

But during the preseason, Kindle showed promise that he could return to the player he was as an All-American pass rusher at the University of Texas.

Through four preseason games, Kindle nearly blocked two kicks and consistently harassed opposing quarterbacks. Still, the numbers haven’t shaken out in Kindle’s favor, as depth issues have played a role in keeping the second-rounder on the six-man inactive list.

With the Ravens coming off a loss against the Tennessee Titans in which they failed to generate a single sack, could Kindle finally be activated?

That remains to be seen.

The humble linebacker is not looking for an explanation as to why he hasn’t suited up yet.

“I didn’t ask for a reason. I just have to work hard so they can’t keep me off the field,” said Kindle. “That’s how you have to look at it. I’m just trying to be patient, but I’ve been patient for a year and some change, so I’m ready to get out there.”

Kindle came back to the Ravens early in the 2010 campaign to attend meetings and watch practice. And after watching the Ravens’ defense through two weeks of the 2011 season, Kindle is ready to offer his contributions to the traditionally-stellar unit.

“That’s just what we do here,” said Kindle. “They live off our trademark, which is defense. Then the offense feeds off that and drives it down the field. I can’t wait to join that.”

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