Baltimore Ravens Training Camp Battles: Courtney Upshaw vs. Sergio Kindle

Robert QuinnCorrespondent IMay 9, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 22:  Dont'a Hightower #30 and Courtney Upshaw #41 of the Alabama Crimson Tide react after a defensive stop against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Ravens were dealt a major blow this week when outside linebacker Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles tendon playing basketball.

However, this opened the door for a major competition between rookie Courtney Upshaw out of Alabama, whom the Ravens selected with the No. 35 overall pick in the second round, and Sergio Kindle, a linebacker out of Texas who hasn't been able to see the field after suffering a skull fracture in his rookie season.

Upshaw was projected to be a Top-15 pick in the draft after a stellar career with the Crimson Tide in which he recorded 141 tackles (36.5 for loss), 17.5 sacks and six forced fumbles, but he slid to the second round due to questions regarding which position he could play. 

As a Texas Longhorn, Kindle had a very productive campaign, recording 131 tackles (31.5 for loss), 16.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He has a high ceiling, but his injury may keep him from seeing the majority of reps come training camp. 

Kindle is unproven at this point, but it will definitely be a competition to keep an eye on this summer.