Kindle to be moved to rehab facility


Ravens' top draft pick 'in great spirits,' Harbaugh says

August 04, 2010|By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun

Sergio Kindle remains hospitalized in Dallas with a fractured skull, but the linebacker is expected to be transferred to a rehabilitation facility next week, according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

Kindle, the team's top draft pick, fell down two flights of stairs at a friend's house July 22.

Harbaugh spoke with Kindle on Tuesday night. "He's in great spirits," Harbaugh said.

Kindle was ruled out of training camp when the Ravens reported to McDaniel College last week. Team officials have publicly said they expect him to return to the Ravens at some point, but they haven't decided whether the second-round pick will play this season.

Projected to make a significant impact on the Ravens' pass rush, Kindle remains one of the few unsigned draft picks in the NFL. Talks have been pushed aside until the Ravens receive a more definitive long-term prognosis.

Birk, Lawrence eye returns

The Ravens could soon be activating two more players from the physically-unable-to-perform list: starting center Matt Birk and reserve running back Matt Lawrence.

Birk had minor surgery on his elbow in the offseason. He is constantly working after practice.

"Matt's getting very close," Harbaugh said. "He's getting antsy. I think we'll be seeing him very soon."

Lawrence, who started training camp on the PUP list because of a knee injury, is so eager to return that he was carrying a weighted football around practice.

"It's pretty close," Lawrence said of his knee being ready. "You just have to be [cautions]. I feel pretty good, and it's coming along well."

Webb trying to get trust back

Cornerback Lardarius Webb was working hard off to the side during special teams practice, running and cutting at full speed.

He doesn't have a timetable for when he'll return.

But he'll know when he's ready.

"It's all about trust now," said Webb, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in December. "So, I got to learn how to trust my knee again and trust it'll do what I want it to do."

E. Reed staying connected

The fact that Ed Reed remains sidelined doesn't mean his influence on the team has been reduced.

The Pro Bowl safety spoke to the defense at length Tuesday. "He's into it," Harbaugh said.

Reed has watched practice from the sideline this training camp as he recovers from offseason hip surgery.

"His status is [the] same," Harbaugh said. "I like what I see when I see him working. He looks like he's progressing."

Good competition

Harbaugh would prefer to have his kicker already picked out. But he's not complaining.

In fact, Harbaugh said he likes this kicking competition (Shayne Graham vs. Billy Cundiff) better than the one in last year's training camp (Steve Hauschka vs. Graham Gano).

"There's a lot more going through the uprights" this year, Harbaugh said. "These two guys really know what they're doing."

End zone

Cornerback Chris Carr returned to practice Wednesday after missing the previous two days with a back injury. He worked with the first-team defense alongside Fabian Washington. Â On the first play of team drills, quarterback Joe Flacco was knocked to the ground after getting bumped by defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Flacco wasn't injured and continued to practice. Harbaugh said he has talked to the team a couple of times about not hitting the players with the red jerseys. Â There's no timetable set for backup offensive tackle Tony Moll, who has a concussion. "The symptoms have to clear up," Harbaugh said. "Obviously, they'll always be very careful with that." Â Reserve tight end Davon Drew (hamstring) returned to practice. It's the first time that the Ravens have suited up all four tight ends for a practice. Â Nose tackle Terrence Cody, the Ravens' second-round pick, felt the effects of running gassers with the defensive linemen toward the end of the afternoon special teams practice. Â With temperatures hitting 90 degrees in Westminster, Wednesday's practices were the hottest of training camp. It marked the first time this summer that the Ravens used the mist fans to cool off players in between the practice fields.

Baltimore Sun reporter Kaitlyn Carr contributed to this article.

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