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Bryant McKinnie’s getting thinner

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Bryant McKinnie won’t be down to his ideal playing weight in time for Sunday’s opener with the Steelers, but he’s getting closer.

McKinnie has dropped 10 pounds since signing with the Ravens, leaving him right around 360 two days before the season gets underway. He’s down 27 pounds since weighing in 387 pounds when he was cut by the Vikings last month. McKinnie told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times that he would like to get down to his old college weight of 343 pounds this season, although he has played about 10-15 pounds heavier throughout his NFL career.

“I lost 10 since I got here,” McKinnie said. “That’s definitely helping out a lot and I continue to lose a few more. I got my old college number back [No. 78], so I’m trying to get back to my old college weight. I’m in the 360s.”

Losing the weight is just part of what McKinnie needs to accomplish to provide the Ravens with the kind of play they’re hoping for after signing the veteran left tackle during training camp. He also needs to learn the playbook and develop a rapport with his teammates. McKinnie said that left guard Ben Grubbs is helping on that front, but acknowledged that it will take him a few weeks before he feels totally comfortable in his new surroundings.

Taken together, the weight and unfamiliarity with the offense figures to make for a long afternoon for McKinnie against the Steelers defense.

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30 Responses to “Bryant McKinnie’s getting thinner”
  1. medtxpack says: Sep 9, 2011 4:51 PM

    hell do fine, remember the Steelers D is soooooooo old, blah blah….

  2. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Sep 9, 2011 4:55 PM

    James is living his chops!

  3. talkintrashallday says: Sep 9, 2011 4:58 PM

    Tiki Barber – “I can play tackle too!!”

  4. thephantomstranger says: Sep 9, 2011 4:58 PM

    Bryant McKinnie’s getting thinner

    …and Leon’s getting laaaaarger!

  5. halfie6 says: Sep 9, 2011 4:58 PM

    If he’d just put on weight instead of losing it, he could have saved the Ravens a roster spot by playing tackle AND guard…

  6. trbowman says: Sep 9, 2011 5:02 PM

    Wild Snorlax appeared!

  7. mel1sharples says: Sep 9, 2011 5:08 PM

    Baltimore Buffet’s are going out of business cuz Mt. McKinnie aint givn dem da bizznezz.

  8. charmcitysittinpretty says: Sep 9, 2011 5:18 PM

    Ravens are gonna win Sunday, hope you enjoy the show

  9. favreforever says: Sep 9, 2011 5:30 PM

    Once Bryant found out his teammate was Grubbs, not Grub, and stopped trying to rip off his drumsticks at the dinner table, the two got along famously.

  10. tqaztec says: Sep 9, 2011 5:49 PM

    Watch your blind side Flacco, Bryant ended Favre’s career (you can read that as good or bad).

  11. steeltownpride says: Sep 9, 2011 6:13 PM

    Im sure the chap will play a spendid game . I mean Harrisons back isnt heathly so he wont have the power to push him . Ohhh wait James has speed too . Opps .

  12. leatherface2012 says: Sep 9, 2011 6:38 PM

    his turnstile will just spin quicker as de’s go around him

  13. footballisfun says: Sep 9, 2011 6:47 PM

    He’ll need to do something. He was overrated dead weight for the Vikings.

  14. lnfinite says: Sep 9, 2011 7:05 PM

    RIP Flacco

  15. christinamer says: Sep 9, 2011 7:06 PM

    27 lbs in a month… that can’t be healthy. I know his job is on the line but I hope the dude is taking the weight off in a safe way

  16. davikes says: Sep 9, 2011 7:07 PM

    Down 27 lbs? Must have found some Starcaps.

  17. stlsteelersfan says: Sep 9, 2011 7:14 PM

    He shouldve done the opposite and gained just a few extra pounds so it would takes James 5 minutes to run around his wide butt

  18. harmcityhomer says: Sep 9, 2011 7:18 PM

    I think he will do better than Oher did at LT and he will have a much better game than Jake Scott will vs Suggs.

  19. runtheball says: Sep 9, 2011 8:04 PM

    Holding #78.

  20. clintonportisheadd says: Sep 9, 2011 8:21 PM

    Anyone have the over/under if he makes it to 50?

    I’d like the NFL to add diabetic/early death rates for obese linemen to their concussion studies.

  21. luckynumberlucas says: Sep 9, 2011 8:26 PM

    387 pounds?

    Damn!

  22. corvusrex96 says: Sep 9, 2011 8:54 PM

    Heck most of that 10 lb weight loss was from a burp. Wait til he really goes on a diet.

  23. ravensfan4life52 says: Sep 9, 2011 8:57 PM

    that’s a big boy!

  24. gergie1957 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:34 PM

    I will never understand situations like this, he comes into Minny out of shape and over weight, My guess is he knew he was going to be playing football when he left the Viking locker room in December. Now he says he lost 10 pounds and is trying to get down to the 340′s. shouldn’t that have been the plan all along. Unbelievable!!!

    What kind of money did he lose, by being cut from The Vikings?

  25. henrykissingerisgod says: Sep 9, 2011 10:00 PM

    harmcityhomer

    the difference is it doesnt matter how big of a game suggs has, but if james has a huge game flacco will be a deer in headlights

  26. kibawib says: Sep 9, 2011 10:07 PM

    Other than perhaps the Jets, has any team (or its fans) ever talked so much despite winning so little? The Steelers have owned the Ravens over the last 10 years and that’s unlikely to change this year. Quote the Ravens nevermore!

  27. 2ruefan says: Sep 9, 2011 10:59 PM

    davikes -
    Starcaps is a diuretic – not a weight loss supplement.

  28. somesome says: Sep 10, 2011 12:17 AM

    he’ll do just fine ….

    Harrison sacks on Flacco ZERO
    Suggs sacks on Ben TWELVE

  29. rockieschef says: Sep 10, 2011 2:23 AM

    387 has to be the biggest lineman in the NFL

  30. freedomispopular says: Sep 10, 2011 3:45 AM

    A guy that big shouldn’t have any problem dropping 27 pounds in that short of time, especially when he’s grossly overweight.

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