Kindle not frustrated by being demoted to practice squad

AP

Ravens outside linebacker Sergio Kindle lost a roster spot and a pile of money last week, but he insists he’s not losing patience.

The former second-round pick was knocked down to the practice squad when Terrell Suggs was activated last week, but said he isn’t as frustrating as you’d think.

“It could be, but it hasn’t,” Kindle said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “Being frustrated isn’t going to help, so why do it? I feel like there should be more motivation, but my motivation was never deterred regardless.”

Kindle had a load of potential before breaking his skull and suffering hearing damage in his left ear prior to his rookie season. But he’s only been active once, and has one tackle.

By going to the practice squad, his weekly paychecks have shrunk from $27,644 per week to $5,750.

“Yeah, it’s a business,” Kindle said. “I know the business aspect of it. Being upset wasn’t going to get me back on the team. . . .

“I feel like I’ve improved as a player all the way around. Whatever they’re asking of me specifically, I wouldn’t know yet.”

Kindle’s probably fortunate to be getting paid any amount, and if the Ravens hadn’t sunk a high pick in him, he probably wouldn’t be getting this chance.