When the Baltimore Ravens drafted former University of Texas outside linebacker Sergio Kindle in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft, he was expected to join Terrell Suggs as the next elite pass rusher in Baltimore.
However, things have been different. Much, much different.
At Texas, Kindle was a star for the Big 12 champion Longhorns. In the 2010 BCS National Championship, Kindle shined, recording six tackles and 2.5 sacks in a loss to Alabama. He appeared set to be one of the next top-tier pass-rushers in the NFL.
But then he came to Baltimore.
The first low spot of Kindle's career in Baltimore came on July 25, 2010, when he fell down stairs at a home in Austin, Texas.
Due to the head injury, Kindle missed the entire 2010 season.
But heading into the 2011 season, Kindle appeared healthy and ready to contribute to the team. However, that certainly did not happen. Last season, Kindle wasn't even active for a game until the fourth week of the season.
He went on to be activated for just one more game, failing to record a single tackle.
After two years in the NFL, the second-round pick has failed to record a single tackle and has only been active for two games. Just think about that.
Could his career get much worse than that? Apparently, yes.
On Monday, head coach John Harbaugh said that Kindle is "not a lock" for the final 53-man roster (via BaltimoreRavens.com).
When the team makes its final cuts on Friday, it wouldn't be that surprising to see Kindle get cut. He has been outplayed in the preseason by outside linebackers such as Albert McClellan and rookie Courtney Upshaw.
In just his third season in the NFL, it already looks as though Kindle is nearing the end. His trade value is almost nonexistent at this point. If he gets released, a team will likely sign him, but that doesn't guarantee he'll be active for any games.
Even if the Ravens do keep Kindle on the final roster, odds are he'll struggle to make the active game roster just like last year.
Unless he can make a significant impact for the Ravens or another team this season, Kindle's career may be over much sooner than expected.