It wasn't the first time that Kruger ended up in a hospital for emergency surgery.
When Kruger was 13 years old, he was four-wheeling in a Jeep Wrangler when it flipped and rolled on top of him. His kidney and spleen were damaged so badly that they had to be removed.
“I’m extremely blessed,” Kruger said. “I’ve been through a lot of different things. It’s definitely been something I’ve been able to draw from in life. You go through hard things and you see yourself and what you’re going through.
But when Kruger entered the NFL, he admitted some of the problems he dealt with were because of his actions.
"I've matured a lot," said Kruger, who has a career-high 31 tackles. "I had never had money before in my life. You start being around a lot of different influences. I learned the hard way, being around bad agents, being around girls, being around parties.
"You start to realize, 'This is not the path I want to go down, this is not who I am.' A little bit of that stuff is OK, but you got to learn how to control it.”
Getting to the quarterback
Kruger only had 1.5 sacks through three games and went without a sack for four consecutive weeks prior to breaking out with two sacks against the Oakland Raiders.
Now, he's on a tear.
"Paul's playing really well," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "The last two, three weeks he's really, really played well. He's been a huge impact in our sub packages."
Against the Raiders, Kruger had a season-high six tackles and an interception.
One reason attriibuted to Kruger's success is simplifying his role to more of a pure pass-rushing approach.