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NEW ORLEANS -- Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Sergio Kindle would face potential punishment under the personal conduct policy if he's convicted of a driving under the influence charge during the NFL lockout. He's due in Maryland district court on May 18 after being arrested and charged in January in Savage.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello both affirmed at the annual league meetings that the personal conduct policy will be applied after the work stoppage is over. And the league intends to keep an eye on any arrests or other off-field issues that occur during the lockout.

"The personal conduct policy continues," Goodell said. "It applies to everybody in the league. I don''t know how it would apply to the players under this circumstance, but it's something that I feel strongly about, that we owe to our fans.

"We owe it to our game, the respect for the people who played the game before us and that were involved with the game before us. That's something that's important to the league, that's important to our fans and I believe it's ultimately important to the people involved with the NFL."

If convicted, it's unlikely that Kindle would face a harsh punishment from the league as it's his only criminal offense since entering the league last year as a second-round draft pick from the University of Texas.

Kindle's case was postponed from an original March date due to Kindle's lawyer, Warren Alperstein, having a scheduling conflict. Kindle was arrested on Dec. 26 after being pulled over in Howard County. According to police, an officer detected an odor of alcohol and reported that Kindle had bloodshot, glassy eyes. Kindle acknowledged having a few drinks and said he was coming from a Washington nightclub and was driving a friend to the airport. Kindle is looking forward to putting the case behind him. He missed his entire rookie season with a fractured skull suffered when he fell down two flights of stairs in late July.

"The main thing is I want to get it over with and figure out what they're going to do," Kindle said. "I don't know how the Maryland law works, but I want to get it behind me and not have to worry about it anymore."

ZBIKOWSKI TO FIGHT CAGEFIGHTING CHAMPION SATURDAY: Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski won by technical knockout in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Now, he's set to take on former cagefighting middleweight champion Caleb "True Grit" Grumment in Atlantic City on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall. A former Gold Gloves champion, Zbikowski has won both of his professional bouts by first-round knockouts. His last fight ended in less than two minutes with a powerful body blow against a so-so opponent. Grummet has fought one boxing match professionally with the fight ending in a draw. "I would like to watch that, but I haven't had a chance to see that yet," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings. "I blink and I miss it, right?" Harbaugh said he's not worried about Zbikowski getting hurt in the ring. "Tom said there's no risk of injury so I guess I'm taking him at his word," Harbaugh said. "That's why my quote was keep your left up that's the risk of injury, getting hit." Zbikowski weighed in at 193 pounds for his Las Vegas fight. He staying active and fit during the lockout, albeit with a different spot "One good thing about it is he's going to be in great shape," Harbaugh said. "You can't get in football shape boxing just like I'm sure you can't get in boxing shape unless you box. You can't get in football shape unless you play football. "I don't worry about Zibby being in football shape. I know it's very important to him. As a coach, I feel okay about that because I know football is very important to him." RAVENS WORKING OUT RODNEY HUDSON: The Ravens are scheduled to conduct an individual workout with Florida State center-guard Rodney Hudson this week, according to his agent. Hudson is also slated to work out for the Miami Dolphins. Hudson was a four-year starter at guard for the Seminoles. He's a two-time winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, recognized as the top offensive lineman in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The first-team consensus All-American was a three-time first-team all-conference selection. "He's one of the best I've ever coached," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said last season. And Hudson graded out at 87 percent last season with 44 knockdown blocks and was flagged for just one penalty in 832 snaps last season. Hudson is regarded as a hard-nosed lineman who plays with intensity. "I have knowledge of the game and a willingness to learn," Hudson said. "I use good technique to do my job. I definitely have a nasty streak. I go into a different mode on the field." Hudson performed well in the Senior Bowl, but NFL teams still want him to bulk up. "I definitely need to gain weight," he said. "They want me to get bigger. Talking with the teams, they thought I used my hands well. I play with effort and definitely talking with them they knew I knew a lot about football." Hudson said he's not focusing on a specific round for the NFL draft at this time. "Of course, I want to go high," he said. "At the same time, it's a blessing to have this opportunity."

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