Less than a week after Ravens coach John Harbaugh candidly said that Sergio Kindle hadn’t performed well enough in practice to gain a spot on the game-day roster in the first three contests of the season, the outside linebacker made his NFL debut in Sunday night’s 34-17 victory over the New York Jets.
Kindle, a second-round pick in 2010 who sat out the entire season after fracturing his skull before the start of his first training camp, was mostly limited to special teams duties, but he did rush the passer on the Jets’ final two offensive snaps late in the fourth quarter.
On Monday, Harbaugh said Kindle’s active status against New York was necessitated by the spate of injuries that shelved seven players.
“Well, we had seven guys injured. So all of the healthy guys were up,” Harbaugh said. “That was really the main thing. We think he’s a very good player. The context of what I said – and I hope you guys put it in context – is, it’s always a competitive situation. The guys that were active were bringing more to the table than he was at this time. He’s a young player, and he did a nice job on kickoff coverage. He ran down there hard, he got a couple plays at the end, he really brought it in the pass rush. So that’s a good first step for him, to get his feet wet. It’ll be fun to see how he can respond from that because sometimes when you play a game, now you have a little different perspective as far as practice and developing your game a little better.”