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Notebook: Sergio Kindle Prepared For Any Outcome

Posted Aug 31, 2012

Sergio Kindle, Bobby Rainey and Curtis Painter give their final thoughts with cuts looming.

Sergio Kindle is heading into the final cutdown day knowing that anything could happen.

The former second-round pick was on the roster bubble coming into the preseason finale Thursday night in St. Louis, and he didn’t have the kind of showing that he wanted.

“I could have played better,” Kindle said after the game. “What I’m thinking is that I’ll see what happens tomorrow. I just got to be prepared for anything. It is a business and you get what you put in, so we’ll see.”

Kindle finished the game without notching a single tackle, but was flagged for a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty for a late hit on quarterback Sam Bradford. That penalty gave the Rams a first down after the Ravens had already stopped them on third down, which set up a  touchdown and put the Ravens in a 21-0 hole.

“I think tonight was probably my least productive game,” Kindle said. “Some things were going well, but [coaches have] seen better. So they were probably expecting better and so was I. But it didn’t pan out that way.”

Kindle’s three seasons with the Ravens have been marred with disappointment stemming from a head injury that he suffered on the eve of training camp his rookie season. That injury set him back the last two years, but he has made progress throughout training camp and the offseason and seemed to be making strides towards becoming a productive player this year.

Now he’s taking a wait-and-see approach with cuts looming.

“I’m just prepared for it to go either way,” Kindle said. “We’ll see. Being nervous ain’t going to help the situation. I’m just trying to go in with a positive outlook.”

Rainey Gives Himself A C

Undrafted rookie running back Bobby Rainey has been one of the surprises of training camp and the preseason thanks to his versatile play out of the backfield.

He appeared to have the edge on the No. 3 running back spot coming into the preseason finale, but said he was disappointed with his performance Thursday night.

“It wasn’t the game that I expected,” said Rainey, who finished  with 74 all-purpose yards.  “If I had to grade myself it would probably be like a C .”

“I wasn’t exactly doing the things that I’ve been doing. That’s really what I thought about it. I didn’t match my game from last week.”

Rainey was the second running back to take the field after fellow rookie Bernard Pierce got the start. Rainey is competing with second-year running back Anthony Allen and former practice squad player Damien Berry for a spot on the active roster, and says that he’s going into Friday with no expectations.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Rainey said. “I’m not stressing because at this point, I already put that out, what I wanted to show. And we’re going to see if that’s good enough, but if not, I’ll see what God has in store for me.”

Painter: ‘It’s Out Of My Hands’

Fourth-year veteran Curtis Painter came into Thursday’s game with one more chance to show the coaching staff that they should carry three quarterbacks on the roster.

He had an up-and-down night and finished with 19-of-31 passing for 193 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Painter played the entire second half after taking over for Tyrod Taylor.

“It’s something that you’d like to have a few of those back, obviously,” Painter said. “As far as the decision, it’s kind of out of my hands, so I try not to worry about it.”

Head Coach John Harbaugh said after the game that the Ravens have not yet determined whether to keep two or three quarterbacks on the roster, and Painter said that the work he can do is over now.

“There’s not much I can do about it,” Painter said. “All that has been done has been done up to this point. … We’ll just keep rolling until they tell me not to.”

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