10:30 AM EDT, September 13, 2011
In addition to deactivating rookie wide receiver Tandon Doss prior to Sunday's 35-7 thrashing of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens also scratched outside linebacker Sergio Kindle, the organization's top pick in last year's draft.
But coach John Harbaugh assured fans that Kindle will be a major contributor for the team as the season unfolds.
"He’ll be ready to go, I know that," Harbaugh said Monday. "I expect him to be ready to go. He prepared well last week. You get 46 [players for the gameday roster] and you kind of start doing the match. Sergio Kindle is a very good player. He can help us, there’s no doubt about it. You’d like have to him back, but right now, we just don’t have a spot. He just has to continue to improve and grow as a player. I’m certain he’ll have an impact before long.”
The team elected to activate second-year outside linebacker Albert McClellan over Kindle because McClellan is more productive on special teams. But Harbaugh said Kindle has "done a good job on special teams, too."
"That’s a big part of it, you guys know that," Harbaugh said. "He’s an excellent punt rusher, we saw that in preseason. He’ll be out there."
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