Kaare Vedvik, a rookie punter for the Baltimore Ravens, was hospitalized over the weekend after he was found injured on the street. According to reports, the 24-year-old is believed to have been assaulted before he was found and transported to the local hospital.
The Norwegian punter was listed in stable condition at Shock Trauma.
Local radio station 105.7 The Fan added that Vedvik’s injuries included having his “teeth knocked out.”
The station wrote: “”@1057TheFan has learned #Ravens place backup kicker Kaare Vedvik was taken to shock trama last night after being involved in an incident. Vedvik sustained head injuries & had his teeth knocked out. The Ravens confirmed they are aware of his head injuries.”
“Kaare Vedvik has sustained head injuries and we are monitoring the situation,” the Ravens said in a statement.
The Baltimore Police Department continues to investigate the situation.
Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith added:
“This morning at approximately 4:00 a.m., the Baltimore City Fire Department requested the Baltimore Police Department in reference to an injured person. When officers arrived in the area of the 2000 block of Boone St., they located the victim, identified as Kaare Vedvik, suffering from upper body injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. At this time, we have not confirmed how his injuries occurred. The injuries are not life-threatening. Investigators are conducting follow-ups in reference to this.”
Vedvik, who had impressed throughout the preseason, was placed on the Ravens’ reserve/non-football injury list Saturday. While Vedvik is on the non-football injury list, he will not count against the Ravens’ 53-man roster. He is also not expected to return to the active roster at any point this season. Despite that, he will still count against the team’s salary cap, according to Ravens Wire.
Who Is Kaare Vedvik?
Vedvik, who hails from Stavanger, Norway, was attempting to make the Baltimore Ravens roster as an undrafted rookie after handling punt, kickoff, and field goal duties during his collegiate career with the Marshall Thundering Herd. During his senior campaign, Vedvik was Marshall’s Special Teams MVP and named to the Conference USA all-conference first team as a punter.
Vedvik ranked in the top 10 for fewest punt return yards allowed, ranked third in Conference-USA in punt average, and was ranked No. 19 nationally in average yards per punt.
The biggest moment of Vedvik’s senior campaign came against Old Dominion on Oct. 14, 2017 when he booted a punt 92-yards. It was the seventh-longest punt in FBS history, the longest in 45 years, and the longest among FBS punters by a whopping 12 yards in 2017.