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John Harbaugh Gives Update On Kaare Vedvik

September 04, 2018 - 10:17 am
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By Joe Schiller

Kaare Vedvik was hoping to make a 53-man roster this weekend. Now, he’s just lucky to be alive.

The Ravens rookie kicker Kaare Vedvik was hospitalized early Saturday morning after suffering non-threatening head and upper body injuries in a scary string of events. The Baltimore Sun reported that Vedvik was hospitalized at Maryland Shock Trauma in stable condition.

John Harbaugh spoke to reporters on Monday afternoon for the first time since the incident and provided further update on Vedvik’s condition.

“He was a little better, I think, than what I had heard he was the day before,” Harbaugh said. "I guess, the day before, he said when the police talked to him, he was really out of it, and he was pretty out of it when I talked to him, too, still swollen up. He’d had his face kind of stitched up.”

Harbaugh added that Vedvik is still “trying to piece some of it together.”

Whether it was the Ravens or another team, Vedvik was primed to make a 53-man roster after a strong preseason. He finished 8-for-9 from field-goal range, including one from 56 yards. Vedvik also doubled as a punter, showing off an impressive leg in that regard.

There was trade interest for Vedvik, per Harbaugh but he’ll miss the entire 2018 season recovering on the reserve/non-football injury list. It’s an extremely disappointing development for Vedvik but he’ll have a chance to work with the Ravens with a chance to make an active roster next season.

“I guess: be a little smarter, be a little more aware of your surroundings, don’t be by yourself and understand that there are people out there that have malign intentions – especially when you’re a young guy, and maybe even if you’re a Raven football player, things like that, be smart,” said Harbaugh.

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