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Harbaugh Says Undrafted Rookie Kicker Kaare Vedvik Would Have Made Team If Not for Injuries During Fight

In a bizarre twist, undrafted rookie kicker Kaare Vedvik would have made the final Baltimore Ravens roster if not for a late night fight that cost him not only head injuries but his position on the team according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

Baltimore City Police said Vedvik was found at approximately 4 a.m. ET on Saturday suffering from “upper body injuries” but could not confirm how his injuries occurred. Vedvik, 24, a native of Norway, was sent to Maryland Shock Trauma and is now listed in stable condition.

“It was disappointing for him because I think it cost him a chance to kick in this league,” Harbaugh said Monday. “He would’ve had a shot. There were plenty of trade talks.”

Vedvik was 8-of-9 (89 percent) on field goals in the preseason, hitting a 56-yarder in Thursday’s preseason finale. He repeatedly hit long field goals in training camp, but he didn’t have a shot to make the Ravens because of Justin Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history.

Harbaugh visited Vedvik in the hospital on Sunday, along with vice president of security Darren Sanders.

“He told what he could remember what happened. it’s not up to me to get into the details of that,” Harbaugh said. “He’s trying to remember as best he can. I think they’re trying to piece some of it together based on some video stuff.”

Vedvik’s face remains swollen and was “kind of stitched up,” Harbaugh said.

“We’re just grateful and I think he’s very thankful that he’s OK,” Harbaugh said. “He’s going to be fine. That’s the most important thing.”


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