It's not a move that surprised many that follow the Ravens, but the release of linebacker Sergio Kindle Saturday is the tough end to a very sad story.
He was a second-round draft pick in 2010, but everything went wrong for Kindle before he ever really set foot on the field. Kindle fell down some stairs and fractured his skull that summer. He missed the entire season and also had to deal with other problems from that injury, like some hearing loss.
Kindle worked to make it back last season, but played in just two games. He kept battling to get in place for 2012, hoping that being able to work with coaches and staff in the off-season -- which the linebacker couldn't do the previous year due to the lock-out-- could make a difference.
Kindle's looked good at times this year, and the Ravens were rooting for him, something coach John Harbaugh and others mentioned during training camp and the pre-season.
Still, he didn't quite seem to get to the point the Ravens appeared to want. Kindle appeared in just one game this year, against the Eagles, and was inactive for the rest.
The question now is what happens to Kindle. It will be interesting to see what other teams might take an interest in Kindle and where his career goes? Would some team at least want him for the practice squad, and do the hearing/health problems lingering from his fall make being a solid NFL linebacker an unrealistic goal?
The world always loves a comeback story, and if Kindle could do it, that would be one of the better bounce-back stories the Ravens have had. Unfortunately for Kindle, it's not going to happen at this time.