Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on July 26, 2010 10:28 PM ET
Four days after suffering a fractured skull in a terrible accident, Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle remains in an Austin, Texas hospital, with his immediate NFL future in question.
Early reports suggested Kindle would make a full recovery and sign a contract at his draft slot this week. That all may happen, but everything sounds less certain in the wake of the report that Kindle can't even get on a plane, much less play football, for three weeks.
Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun reports that Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome is talking with the NFL management council to see how they should proceed with Kindle. The team has had an offer on the table, but Hensley writes the team now may wait to see Kindle's health status before signing him to his big deal.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he was sure Kindle would sign, but was far less certain about Kindle's recovery.
"If at some point in time he can come back and play, that would be a great bonus for us," Harbaugh said. "But he'll have a lot of catching up to do."
Speaking on NFL Network, Jason La Canfora said the hope is Kindle could return "perhaps this year" and said it's hard to imagine Kindle avoiding the the reserve/PUP list, which would keep the linebacker out for the first six weeks of the season.
It's too early to place a timeline for Kindle's return to the field. For now, the focus will remain on restoring health to a young man that just went through a life-altering event.
funi says: July 26, 2010 10:36 PM
If he can't play, he has his Univeristy of Texas education! McDonalds will be waiting!