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Report: Injured Ravens LB Kindle awaiting green light to play

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Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle, the second-round draft pick who missed the entire 2010 season with a fractured skull, hasn't been medically cleared to play in 2011 by doctors at Baltimore's Sinai Hospital, the Carroll County Times reported Monday.

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Kindle hopes to play next season, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team plans to keep the linebacker, who can be retained with an exclusive-rights tender, according to the newspaper.

The former University of Texas star fractured his skull after falling down two flights of stairs in late July at a friend's house in Austin.

Kindle was signed to a one-year, $320,000 contract with no signing bonus or incentives and placed on the reserve non-football injury list. The Ravens could tender him or allow him to become a free agent.

Kindle's disappointing first season dipped even lower when he was arrested Dec. 26 on drunken-driving charges.

Kindle also had off-the-field incidents at Texas, including crashing his car into an apartment building when he said he was texting while driving.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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