Head Coach John Harbaugh gave an update on Ravens rookie punter/kicker Kaare Vedvik Monday after visiting him at Maryland Shock Trauma Sunday.
Vedvik was hospitalized because of head and upper-body injuries early Saturday morning after he was reportedly assaulted, per The Baltimore Sun. He was found at 4 a.m. in East Baltimore.
“He’s a little better I think than what I heard he was the day before,” Harbaugh said. “The day before, he said when the police talked to him he was pretty out of it. He was pretty out of it when I talked to him, swollen up.”
Harbaugh said Vedvik had his face stitched up. The initial report from 105.7 The Fan stated that Vedvik’s teeth were knocked out.
“We’re just grateful, and I think he’s very thankful for the fact that he’s OK,” Harbaugh said. “He’s going to be fine. That’s the most important thing.”
It’s still unclear exactly what happened and who did it, as Baltimore City Police are investigating the incident. Part of the problem is that Vedvik cannot remember it all either.
“He told me what he could remember that happened,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not for me to get into the details of that. He’s trying to remember as best he can.”
Vedvik has been placed on the Ravens’ reserve/non-football injury list, which means he cannot play for Baltimore this season and cannot be traded.
The strong-legged kicker had an excellent training camp and preseason, and there was buzz that he could be another Ravens-schooled specialist that flourishes elsewhere. With Pro Bowlers Justin Tucker and Sam Koch on the team, it wasn’t going to be in Baltimore.
“It was disappointing for him because I think it cost him a chance to kick in this league [this year],” Harbaugh said. “He would have had a shot. There were plenty of trade talks and things like that.”
The Norwegian native first came to the United States as a high school exchange student in 2011 before breaking out at Marshall and drawing the Ravens’ attention as an undrafted free agent. The father of his Kansas host family has flown to Baltimore to be with Vedvik as he recovers, and he’s been in touch with family in Norway, per The Sun.