By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
12:32 PM EDT, September 26, 2012
Just as Ravens outside linebacker Sergio Kindle thought he was on the verge of earning more playing time, he was relegated to the bench again.
The former second-round draft pick recorded his first career NFL tackle against the Philadelphia Eagles, a solo stop, during a 24-23 loss two weeks ago.
However, Kindle was a healthy scratch during the Ravens' 31-30 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium.
"I'm staying patient," Kindle said. "All you can do is practice hard and when your number is called, be ready. I just keep working hard. I don't think they explained why I didn't play."
A former All-Big 12 pass rusher at Texas, Kindle missed his entire rookie season with a fractured skull suffered when he fell down two flights of stairs, sustaining permanent hearing loss in his left ear.
Now, Kindle is trying to forge a niche in a defense that needs pass rushers.
"I thought I played all right when I got in there," Kindle said. "I always feel like I can play better."