At a point in the season when the Ravens could use a push in their pass rush, linebacker Sergio Kindle continues to work on the periphery, on his own time schedule, with his own set of challenges.
The second-round draft pick is, however, making progress from a hairline fracture of his skull, an injury he suffered three days before training camp started.
"The only thing I'm working on now is my balance," Kindle said this week. "My balance with my eyes open is perfect. The thing is, when I close my eyes, they say that's when it's off some. You're supposed to be able to hold your balance for 30 seconds on one leg with your eyes closed, but I can only do 16. That's what I'm working toward right now."
Kindle went on the reserve/non-football injury list when he signed a one-year contract with the Ravens in September. He spends two days a week at Sinai Hospital in physical therapy, and the rest of his week at the team complex doing more therapy. He can't practice with the team on the non-football injury list, and did not make the trip to Atlanta for Thursday's game against the Falcons.
Kindle, 24, fell down the stairs at a friend's house on July 22 when he tried to find the bathroom in the dark. This week he said he didn't fall all the way down the stairs, but crawled down before being found.
"When I actually hit the stair, I remember hitting it," he said. "But after that, I don't remember anything. From what I was told, I didn't roll down the stairs. They say I was crawling down trying to get down the stairs, but my head was bleeding, so the blood trail made it look like I might have [tumbled] down the stairs. But when they came and got me, I was [near] the bottom of the stairs, on my way to the bottom of the stairs."
Kindle says he has no idea how far he fell. "I never asked that question," he said.
Cody gets more field time
The Ravens' other second-round pick, defensive tackle Terrence Cody, saw his most playing time this season on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, getting in for an estimated 12 plays. He was one of only four active defensive linemen for the game, as the Ravens made three tackles inactive.
A run stuffer who plays primarily on first down, Cody was pass rushing more than playing the run, though. Quarterback Chad Henne completed 11 passes on first down.
"I was able to get in a rhythm on one or two drives, and I did some good things," Cody said.
The Ravens are more healthy than at any time since they started the season, apparently. Safety Tom Zbikowski, nursing a heel injury, will miss his third straight game, but no other Raven was listed on Wednesday's injury report.
The Falcons aren't so fortunate. They list wide receiver Roddy White, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and center Todd McClure as questionable, all with knee injuries. Weatherspoon did not practice at all this week, while White and McClure were limited in Wednesday's workout.
Also limited Wednesday for Atlanta were wide receiver Brian Finneran (knee, ribs), linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee), running back Jason Snelling (knee) and cornerback Brian Williams (hamstring). All are listed as probable.