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Inside linebacker and inspirational force Ray Lewis, a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, tore his right triceps. And $50 million cornerback Lardarius Webb is out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus in his left knee that he suffered last Sunday against the Cowboys.
Drafted in the second round out of Texas in 2010, Kindle fractured his skull days before training camp of his rookie season.
The Dallas native suffered permanent hearing loss in his left ear when he fell down two flights of stairs and suffered neurological damage that required several months of rehabilitation.
Kindle recorded his first career NFL tackle, a solo stop, against the Philadelphia Eagles during a 24-23 loss at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 16. However, he has been a healthy scratch for the past four games.
Kindle had expressed disappointment recently to The Sun about his level of activity, but vowed to keep working hard.
His agent, Joel Segal, predicted Saturday that Kindle will draw interest as a free agent. He's subject to waiver claims Monday. If he clears waivers, then Kindle will become an unrestricted free agent.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound player hasn't complained, remaining patient and hoping to prove himself to the coaching staff.
"It would be nice to play against anybody," Kindle said. "I don't really ask the coaches anything. You just work hard, and the time will come. You got to be calm. Frustration ain't going to get you nowhere. I'm practicing well. I got to keep doing that, and it will all fall into place."