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Ravens won't sign Sergio Kindle until he's cleared to play

Last night, the Ravens played their first preseason game of the year.  Rookie linebacker Sergio Kindle wasn’t there.

Kindle continues to recover from a fractured skull that he suffered more than three weeks ago in a fall at a friend’s house.  We’re told that he’s out of the hospital, that he’s spending at least part of his time at a rehab facility, and that he watched last night’s game against the Panthers on ESPN.

Kindle has yet to sign a rookie deal, however.  Per a league source, the Ravens don’t plan to sign Kindle until he is cleared to play football again.  The problem, from Kindle’s perspective, is that he may never be cleared to play football again.

And if it happens, it apparently won’t happen in 2010.  Rich Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News reportedly has said that the Ravens do not expect Kindle to play at all in 2010.

Some of you have asked whether Kindle had insurance to protect him against a career-ending injury.  We’re told that, indeed, he does.

So even if Kindle never gets paid by the Ravens, he’ll get paid by the insurance company.  Unless, of course, the insurance company can attribute the fractured skull to a pre-existing condition.

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39 Responses to “Ravens won't sign Sergio Kindle until he's cleared to play”
  1. GBfanForever says: Aug 13, 2010 5:27 PM

    I feel bad for the dude.

  2. gunshow52 says: Aug 13, 2010 5:28 PM

    as a ravens fan, im pissed
    as a human, hope this guy gets better

  3. Cincinnasty says: Aug 13, 2010 5:31 PM

    Already tagged as an injury nightmare before the draft.. It will be very difficult for him to overcome this and be of any value to the Ravens in the future..

  4. afogg0855 says: Aug 13, 2010 5:31 PM

    Insurance companies are crooks.. they’ll find some way to pay him less than what he was told would be available…
    hopefully it doesnt come to that and he’s able to get on the field.
    Good luck, guy.

  5. gasolinej says: Aug 13, 2010 5:35 PM

    Did the insurance company know he was “narcoleptic”?

  6. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Aug 13, 2010 5:42 PM

    Jesus…. this is horrible. I feel very bad for the young man. Just when he “made it”.
    Very, very sad.

  7. ookie says: Aug 13, 2010 5:44 PM

    Stay classy Baltimore

  8. Pr1cetag says: Aug 13, 2010 5:45 PM

    This is extremely sad. Narcolepsy is serious stuff.

  9. cjeppesen says: Aug 13, 2010 5:53 PM

    Man, that sucks. I hope he recovers and gets to play.

  10. JoaquinFenix says: Aug 13, 2010 5:55 PM

    “Unless, of course, the insurance company can attribute the fractured skull to a pre-existing condition.”
    Does stupidity count?

  11. Thunderlips007 says: Aug 13, 2010 5:57 PM

    how did he fall at a friends house? was it an accident or something else? either way its a business and thats the way it goes. i hope he recovers and can play. if he was doing something dumb or alcohol was involved them he put his career at risk and i don’t feel bad for the guy.

  12. sportsjustice says: Aug 13, 2010 5:57 PM

    wow, that’s really too bad.
    i have a question: without a contract, would he then have to re-enter the 2011 draft?
    i’m a Patriots fan and i know that i really wanted my team to draft him. a lot of my buddies and i were pissed when the pats passed on him all the way down the first round and then again on the second day when they traded up just ahead of the ravens to draft gronkowski. what a miracle that trade looks like now, because if the ravens had taken gronk, we’d have probably taken kindle. and seeing how Devin McCoutry as a MONSTER debut.
    In Bill We Trust

  13. themage78 says: Aug 13, 2010 6:00 PM

    What a waste of a pick for the Ravens. You wish they’d factor in stuff like this when teams get extra picks for loosing free agents. He was going to be a dominant LB after Ray Lewis trained him.

  14. Bech72 says: Aug 13, 2010 6:04 PM

    Wow, I thought Baltimore was a classy organization. This would definitely make me want to be a Raven…..or not.

  15. Omega says: Aug 13, 2010 6:20 PM

    Ravens are neither good or bad.
    It’s a business.
    What would you pay? Second round pick should get serious $$. If he never plays it potentially impacts a future salary cap.
    If the ravens did sign him and at a reduced contract and then he could not play it might impact his insurance claim which MIGHT be more that the Ravens contract.
    Who knows for sure?

  16. myann24 says: Aug 13, 2010 6:35 PM

    @ Bech72
    Why would any team sign a player to a multi-million dollar contract if he’s ultimately not cleared to play?

  17. Danwhitmer says: Aug 13, 2010 6:38 PM

    @ Bech72 and the others who think they are being a classless organization.
    The did what every other 31 NFLteams all MLB teams all NBA team and any other sport franchise would have done. Stop acting like your teams are high and mighty. It is sad that this happened the way it did. But it did happen, nothing the organization can do about it, they certainly would not sign him to a $40 million with $22 million garunteed. If you are nieve enough to think your team would have done any different then you are just blinded from being a fannatic.

  18. PossibleCabbage says: Aug 13, 2010 6:44 PM

    This is yet another problem that will probably be resolved with a rookie wage scale. With no real wiggle room on rookie contracts, nobody waits until August or late July to sign, and so those guys who fall down stairs and fracture their skulls will still get paid by the team that drafted them.
    Admittedly, teams might not be in a huge hurry to sign draft picks right after the draft since drafted but unsigned players don’t count towards the roster, but a team probably wouldn’t want it to get out that a player really wants to sign ASAP and the team doesn’t. Plus, we could always work this out in the next CBA somehow.

  19. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Aug 13, 2010 6:46 PM

    i want sergio to recover completely,but why aren’t we getting the whole truth here?when it takes a hospital stay of more than a day or two for a skull injury,i become suspicious of the line that’s being fed to the media.
    how badly hurt is he?if you have to go to the therapist for rehab,the only reason for that would be to address motor skills impairment.i think.

  20. Jungle Juice says: Aug 13, 2010 6:48 PM

    I don’t blame them. Why should they pay someone and get nothing in return?
    He wasn’t injured doing anything for them and was likely partying his ass off and I doubt he “fell” down 2 flights of stairs without some help from someone and/or a chemical of some sort.

  21. Abqpacker says: Aug 13, 2010 6:48 PM

    Don’t they have to sign him to something in order to stash him on a reserve list so that he doesn’t get better in say, December, and then re-enter next year’s draft?

  22. theravenlives2 says: Aug 13, 2010 7:17 PM

    Bech72 says:
    August 13, 2010 6:04 PM
    Wow, I thought Baltimore was a classy organization. This would definitely make me want to be a Raven…..or not.
    ———————————————–
    Hmmm, so let’s say that, during the early part of training camp, Sergio wanted to set an example and signed a contract early with a ton of guaranteed money. The next day, he falls down the stairs. Would you be arguing how unfair it was that the Ravens paid him ton of guaranteed money and he may never play? I didn’t think so.
    Timing is everything, and it just didn’t work out for Sergio. He’ll get his insurance money, so at least he has something. I hope I see him in Purple and Black soon.

  23. 8man says: Aug 13, 2010 7:27 PM

    …….and neither would I.

  24. Wizahdry says: Aug 13, 2010 8:07 PM

    Note to top drafted rookies: Live in a Bubble or a padded room until you have actually signed your deal, don’t even go to the team to sign, let them slide the contract in, sign it and then come out.

  25. bonecity7 says: Aug 13, 2010 8:19 PM

    Danwhitmer says:
    August 13, 2010 6:38 PM
    @ Bech72 and the others who think they are being a classless organization.
    The did what every other 31 NFLteams all MLB teams all NBA team and any other sport franchise would have done. Stop acting like your teams are high and mighty.
    ————————————————
    In 2008, the Eagles drafted in the 4th round DB Jack Ikegwuonu, who prior to the draft blew out his knee while preparing for the combine. If you look at Ikegwuonu’s contract compared to the Eagles’ other two 4th round draft picks in 2008, you’d see that his contract is structured the exact same and doesn’t standout in any way as result of the player’s injury.

  26. steelcarrot says: Aug 13, 2010 9:04 PM

    I hope he recovers completely. But where are all the media folk who were blowing the ravens after the draft. Their draft looks pretty good right about now.

  27. jambalaya says: Aug 13, 2010 9:16 PM

    The NFL is a business first. He has no contract and he can’t play. Makes perfectly good sense to me. Hopefully his insurance will take care of him.

  28. 100 no's and 1 yes still mean yes says: Aug 13, 2010 9:31 PM

    I love how ppl are calling the ravens draft terrible when it’s not Sven te 2nd week of pre season i didn’t know all ptf posters were ms cleos and could see the future lol u guys are judging an entire draft on 1 guy getting into a freakish accient stay classy posters lol

  29. RavensFreak00 says: Aug 13, 2010 9:33 PM

    Thanks for the update. I was wondering what was going on and why they hadn’t signed him yet. Hopefully, he gets better soon.

  30. JohnHarbaugh says: Aug 13, 2010 9:39 PM

    hey bonecity7 ….
    the difference between the eagles and the ravens is the eagles knew about his injury when they drafted him the ravens didnt know this guy would fall down two flights of stairs after they drafted him.

  31. Football says: Aug 13, 2010 9:43 PM

    Wow, the Ravens are some cheap bastards.

  32. ookie says: Aug 13, 2010 10:23 PM

    It could have been handled with a little more class. Set up a trust fund in his name or something before you announce that he won’t be paid. Of course, Ravens fans, being the classy bunch that they are, see no problem with this. Rock on Baltimore!

  33. theravenlives2 says: Aug 13, 2010 10:32 PM

    Wow, the Ravens are some cheap bastards.
    ——————————————-
    By that comment, I can tell that you are tremendously stupid. I bet your sitting in the trailer park waiting for someone to pay you to do nothing, right?
    P.S. Being stupid doesn’t count as a payday, unless you are living at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C.

  34. howiseeit says: Aug 13, 2010 10:38 PM

    I’m not a Ravens fan but I agree with the organizations stance – why sign a player to a contract when the guy may never play? He’s got insurance so he’s covered. And lets be honest here — most every major college team out there would drop a guy’s scholarship if he couldn’t participate with the team.

  35. pghsteve says: Aug 13, 2010 11:10 PM

    @theravenlives2 said – By that comment, I can tell that you are tremendously stupid. I bet your sitting in the trailer park waiting for someone to pay you to do nothing, right?
    P.S. Being stupid doesn’t count as a payday, unless you are living at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C.
    ————————————————
    By your comment, you must be tremendously bright, because you actually know who lives at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave in DC. Or maybe not, since that is the address of the Ronald Reagan Building (a federal office building), and it is doubtful that anyone lives there, stupid or otherwise.
    P.S. One should always be careful when calling others stupid…

  36. jamaltimore says: Aug 14, 2010 1:42 AM

    The Ravens are doing what any other professional sports team would do. Let’s hope he recovers and plays for the Ravens in the near future

  37. bonecity7 says: Aug 14, 2010 10:49 AM

    pghsteve says:
    August 13, 2010 11:10 PM
    @theravenlives2 said – By that comment, I can tell that you are tremendously stupid. I bet your sitting in the trailer park waiting for someone to pay you to do nothing, right?
    P.S. Being stupid doesn’t count as a payday, unless you are living at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C.
    ——————– ——————– ——–
    By your comment, you must be tremendously bright, because you actually know who lives at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave in DC. Or maybe not, since that is the address of the Ronald Reagan Building (a federal office building), and it is doubtful that anyone lives there, stupid or otherwise.
    P.S. One should always be careful when calling others stupid…
    ————————————————-
    Isn’t it amazing that, invariably, posters that question others’ intelligence show their lack of same!! I’m not very bright, and even I have picked up on that fact!!

  38. Brian says: Aug 14, 2010 10:44 PM

    bonecity7 says:
    In 2008, the Eagles drafted in the 4th round DB Jack Ikegwuonu, who prior to the draft blew out his knee while preparing for the combine. If you look at Ikegwuonu’s contract compared to the Eagles’ other two 4th round draft picks in 2008, you’d see that his contract is structured the exact same and doesn’t standout in any way as result of the player’s injury.
    —————————————
    There’s a big difference between signing a guy returning from knee surgery (which happens all the time) and signing a guy who may never play again. The differences in severity and odds of recovery are substantial.

  39. dannylaruso says: Aug 15, 2010 11:30 AM

    ookie says:
    August 13, 2010 10:23 PM
    It could have been handled with a little more class. Set up a trust fund in his name or something before you announce that he won’t be paid. Of course, Ravens fans, being the classy bunch that they are, see no problem with this. Rock on Baltimore!
    A trust fund???? hahahahahahaha
    They drafted him, they didn’t adopt him.

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