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07:58 AM ET 09.08 | After completing neurological tests in Baltimore on Tuesday, and saying he feels fine, Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle believes he'll be cleared to play. Kindle, the team's top pick in the 2010 draft, suffered a hairline fracture of his skull after falling down two flights of stairs days before the start of training camp. Now he has to wait to see whether he'll be allowed to begin his NFL career. "I'm confident that I'll be cleared," Kindle told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday night. "I thought the tests went well. But I don't have the final say. When the doctors give the results to the team, that will let me know if I can come back."

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September 8, 2010  08:00 AM ET

Headcase eh......

September 8, 2010  08:04 AM ET

he might need to be tested on why he fell down two flights of stairs... numbskull... no pun intended...

September 8, 2010  08:14 AM ET

What were the tests...walking down stairs without falling?

September 8, 2010  08:16 AM ET
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I don't see how a player can have his season ended due to a concussion, and this man (hope he does well) can come back from a fractured skull....

Nothing to mess with. He's got years ahead of him. Calm down, Sergio.

September 8, 2010  08:18 AM ET

I remember when I had my first beer......Ha,Ha, what a hoot.

September 8, 2010  08:22 AM ET
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I don't see how a player can have his season ended due to a concussion, and this man (hope he does well) can come back from a fractured skull....

It's kind of funny that you mention this. What I absolutely don't get is how Justin Morneau and Jason Bay both suffered concussions this year...I believe both in July, actually, and they've yet to return to the field. Football players, in a worst case scenario, seemingly miss only a game and then they're back.

Does this seriously just boil down to the toughness factor?

September 8, 2010  08:45 AM ET
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I remember a playoff game when Eddie George of the Titans got knocked out before he hit the ground, and came back in the next series.

Ive seen both Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman do the same thing. Aikman couldnt remeber what city he was in ... but he played the rest of the game. Went to the doc after the game.

September 8, 2010  08:49 AM ET

Head trauma is serious stuff, and it seems that each new study finds more potential long-term damage from concussions - things that show up in a player's 40's that don't show up in the general population until much later in life (60's and 70's). For example, early onset of ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease) is much higher in football players (and soccer players who head the ball, which travels at up to 60 mph) than it is in the general population (outlined really well in the HBO program Real Sports - Bryant Gumbel did a good job reporting on that). As fans we all respect the toughness of the players, but it is becoming clear that they are paying a very high price for it.

September 8, 2010  09:21 AM ET
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I remember a playoff game when Eddie George of the Titans got knocked out before he hit the ground, and came back in the next series.

I remember that. That's because Eddie was a beast. Maybe this boils down to money. Baseball players, overall, make entirely too much money and way more than NFL players (unfortunately). NFL players have to work much harder to get that big payday, so I think they feel like they have a lot more to prove and be a lot tougher. If you were Jason Bay and just got a huge (and stupid) contract from the Mets, would you really want to go back out there and play when you're locked in for 3 more years (or something) and like $50mil? Nahhh...90% of NFL players won't see that kind of money in their careers, so they have to work that much harder and tougher to even have the chance to get seriously paid.

September 8, 2010  09:21 AM ET
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Nothing to mess with. He's got years ahead of him. Calm down, Sergio.

Agree.

September 8, 2010  09:23 AM ET

They should just IR the kid, that would take it out of his hands. He couldn't play this year at all then. No choice.

September 8, 2010  09:33 AM ET

I don't think this warrants the link headline "Ravens defense to get huge boost!". He's a completely untested rookie who didn't even get to go through preseason. I doubt he'd be an impact-player this year for Baltimore, if he plays.

September 8, 2010  09:34 AM ET

Besides, linebackers aren't what the Ravens need right now -- they need safeties and corners.

September 8, 2010  09:35 AM ET
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They should just IR the kid, that would take it out of his hands. He couldn't play this year at all then. No choice.

Agreed. Excellent idea. One of the things that has been linked to long-term damage from concussions is coming back too early without adequate recover time.
I also agree that there is more pressure on NFL players to play hurt than in other sports because of less financial security and what seems to be the constant threat of being replaced. Not a good situation, and no easy solutions in sight, either, especially when the players themselves are reluctant to adopt safer equipment because it restricts their effectiveness on the field.

September 8, 2010  09:58 AM ET
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Agreed. Excellent idea. One of the things that has been linked to long-term damage from concussions is coming back too early without adequate recover time. I also agree that there is more pressure on NFL players to play hurt than in other sports because of less financial security and what seems to be the constant threat of being replaced. Not a good situation, and no easy solutions in sight, either, especially when the players themselves are reluctant to adopt safer equipment because it restricts their effectiveness on the field.

Exactly. He is a kid, he thinks he is immortal at this point. He did not just get a concussion, he cracked his skull!
They do not need him this year. Even if they PUP him for six weeks, he would have no football hits or practice in the NFL. He is of no use this year to them anyways. IR the kid and let him heal and learn.

September 8, 2010  10:33 AM ET
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On another note: Baltimore sure does know how to draft, and put a team together.... They're getting scary.

yes sir!

September 8, 2010  10:34 AM ET
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Besides, linebackers aren't what the Ravens need right now -- they need safeties and corners.

Clearly you haven't seen our safety depth w/ Zbikowski, Nakamura and Hamlin.

Our CB's aren't that bad, actually.

We're missing Foxworth for the year...not THAT big of a deal.

Plus when you unleash a sick pass rush, well, that helps too.

September 8, 2010  10:35 AM ET
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On another note: Baltimore sure does know how to draft, and put a team together.... They're getting scary.

Scary good.

September 8, 2010  11:01 AM ET

Can not wait to see Ravens-Jets on Monday night.

 
September 8, 2010  11:34 AM ET
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What were the tests...walking down stairs without falling?

LMAO... you are wrong! I'll never make fun of that commercial where the draft pick was walking on stage and feel down the stairs.

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