The Curtis Painter Experiment is over in Baltimore.
Painter spent most of last season presiding over the collapse of the Indianapolis Colts, a tumble that led to Peyton Manning's release and the drafting of rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. Painter's knack for reshaping organizations from top to bottom ended in Indy, however, and he's now looking for work.
Kindle was firmly entrenched on the roster bubble this month, even after Terrell Suggs' Achilles injury opened a doorway for the third-year pro. Kindle's chances were aided when rookie pass rusher Courtney Upshaw re-injured his shoulder during Thursday night's game against the St. Louis Rams.
The next step for Kindle is keeping his roster spot after missing all of 2010 with a fractured skull, the result of falling down a flight of stairs in Texas. After appearing in just two games last season, Kindle sounds like a man ready to enjoy this victory (safely).
"Jump for joy and do a back flip if I could," Kindle told the Ravens' official website. "Wouldn't want to land on my head, though. I'll do a ninja turtle roll."
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