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Ravens will wait on Kindle's return

It appears the Ravens won't get much out of rookie linebacker Sergio Kindle this season.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced today that Kindle had a fractured skull and won't participate in training camp. Unfortunately for a rookie, that's the time when he can get most of his repetitions in learning a new system, especially if he isn't going to be a starter. Harbaugh also said the team will take it slow with Kindle.

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If all goes well, the Ravens might have Kindle for the middle of the season or down the stretch. He could be used solely as a pass rusher on the outside using his outstanding speed. The Ravens had counted on Kindle to provide a pass rush the team desperately lacked last season. But it is more important for him to get healthy.

This is a great opportunity for other linebackers like Jameel McClain and Antwan Barnes to establish themselves with consistent play. It will also be interesting to see if Brendon Ayanbadejo can play as well as he did last season before he suffered a leg injury. Ayanbadejo and Ray Lewis had become a decent team until the injury.


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