Sergio Kindle said he’s not discouraged by the Ravens’ decision to deactivate him for the first three games of the season.
The outside linebacker said he is taking the inactivity in stride, chalking it up to part of the maturation process for a young player in the NFL.
“That’s what I’m guessing,” he said Wednesday. “The coach is going to do what’s best for the team at this point. When they feel that I’m prepared enough to get out there on the field and contribute, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be out there. So it’s just a waiting process for me. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’m frustrated. Of course, you want to be on the field, but frustration? Nah, that wouldn’t be it.”
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On Monday, coach John Harbaugh was blunt in saying that Kindle wasn’t better than the players who were active on gamedays. But Harbaugh said Kindle is still in the infancy stages of his career and continues to work hard in practice.
Kindle absorbed the constructive criticism with a slight nod.
“Of course, I’m my own fan,” he said. “So I feel like I’m ready, but the coaches know best. If they feel that I’m prepared to beat the guy in front of me on the opposite team, then they’ll put me out there.”