KIN­DLE’S HARD FALL

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Jami­son Hens­ley

Ex-Horn in­jured in spill down two flights of stairs •

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ser­gio Kin­dle is in sta­ble con­di­tion af­ter in­jur­ing his head only days be­fore the team’s rook­ies are sched­uled to re­port to train­ing camp, the lat­est off-field in­ci­dent for the Ravens’ first pick in the 2010 draft.

Kin­dle, 23, suf­fered the in­jury in a house he was vis­it­ing Thurs­day night in Austin, where it is be­lieved he fell down two flights of stairs.

The for­mer Uni­ver­sity of Texas linebacker has im­proved the past cou­ple of days and should make a full re­cov­ery, ac- cord­ing to a league source.

A sec­ond-round pick by the Ravens, Kin­dle will not re­port with other rook­ies to­day when the team’s train­ing camp starts. He is ex­pected to be signed some­time this week, ac­cord­ing to a league source.

Mem­bers of the Ravens’ med­i­cal staff, trainer Bill Tessendorf and Dr. Andy Tucker, have spo­ken with doc­tors at Austin’s Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter Brack­en­ridge.

“We un­der­stand Ser­gio is sta­ble at this time and that he is be­ing tested and ob­served,” Ravens gen­eral man­ager Ozzie Newsome said.

Kin­dle was con­sid­ered a top 25 prospect af­ter be­ing a dis­rup­tive pass rusher in col­lege (16 sacks in four sea­sons). But he slipped to 43rd over­all in the draft partly be­cause of char­ac­ter is­sues.

He was ar­rested for driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated in July 2007. Two years later, he had a one-car ac­ci­dent where he dam­aged a build­ing and left the scene.

Af­ter be­ing drafted, Kin­dle said his DUI was “a poor de­ci­sion on get­ting in the car af­ter hav­ing some drinks.”

His ex­pla­na­tion for driv­ing into the build­ing was tex­ting and driv­ing.

“It was a dumb move on my part,” he said in April.

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