Brown: We Want Kindle to Play

Longhorn and U.S. Army All-American Sergio Kindle

Freshman SLB Sergio Kindle, the jewel of the 2006 Texas recruiting class, has been held out of contact since suffering a high ankle sprain on the second day of August camp. Head coach Mack Brown spoke Wednesday on whether Kindle is now looking at a redshirt season.

Sergio Kindle is making strides toward a full recovery, Brown said, but his status remains a day-to-day decision.

"When talking about strains and sprains with doctors and trainers, they usually just say when they can handle the pain, they'll play," Brown said. "He's making a lot of progress, so we feel good."

Kindle was injured during a non-contact drill with fellow linebackers on August 8. He managed to walk unassisted, but with a noticeable limp in his left leg, as trainers escorted him to the training room at Denius Field.

"We usually wait until midseason to try to make a decision on who will redshirt and who would play," Brown said. "Part of the deal will be when he does come back. We will not redshirt guys unless it's obvious there is enough depth at that position. Unless we get wiped out with injuries, we'll make those decisions after the Oklahoma game (October 7). That's usually when we make that decision."

The Parade All-American was considered the nation's top linebacker following his senior season at Dallas Lincoln. Kindle enrolled early to participate in spring drills last semester and entered August camp as junior Robert Killebrew's primary backup. Prior to the injury, it was a given that Kindle would play in the season-opener against North Texas on September 2 and would likely push Killebrew for the starting assignment.

"We want Kindle to play," Brown concluded. "He was playing well. We still want him to play when we get him back on the field."

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