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Bryant McKinnie’s conditioning raises eyebrows in Baltimore


Last year, left tackle Bryant McKinnie showed up out of shape to the Vikings’ training camp and was released. This year, McKinnie showed up out of shape to the Ravens’ minicamp. Does that mean his job is in jeopardy?

That’s a question being asked at the conclusion of the Ravens’ minicamp, with Mike Preston writing in the Baltimore Sun that he wonders if McKinnie will even be a Raven when training camp opens.

It seems awfully unlikely that the Ravens would release McKinnie. First of all, they’ve already paid him a $500,000 roster bonus this offseason. And more importantly, they’d have a big hole on their offensive line if they let McKinnie go: Michael Oher could move from right tackle to left tackle, but they wouldn’t have a good candidate to replace Oher on the right side.

And Ravens coach John Harbaugh was reportedly unhappy with members of the media who labeled McKinnie out of shape, telling reporters, “It’s not as simple as some of you guys want to make it.”

But the reality is that McKinnie was held out of minicamp practices so he could focus solely on conditioning. That can’t be a good sign. A month ago McKinnie said he weighed 365 pounds and was trying to get down to 350. He apparently still has a ways to go.

A company that gave McKinnie a loan during the lockout has obtained a $4.3 million judgment against him, so McKinnie apparently needs his job with the Ravens for the money. Maybe that will be enough to motivate him to shape up.

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41 Responses to “Bryant McKinnie’s conditioning raises eyebrows in Baltimore”
  1. bangitfootball says: Jun 15, 2012 6:30 AM

    Hey, Hey, Hey!!!

  2. eagleswin says: Jun 15, 2012 6:39 AM

    A company that gave McKinnie a loan during the lockout has obtained a $4.3 million judgment against him, so McKinnie apparently needs his job with the Ravens for the money. Maybe that will be enough to motivate him to shape up.


    Considering that the NFL did not miss a regular season game, i’m not sure what’s worse, the fact that he borrowed that much money or that he apparantly spent it all.

  3. staffordsyear says: Jun 15, 2012 6:41 AM

    Just another case of a player that has enough funds in the bank (much more than 4.3 mil in the bank im sure) that dont want to put the effort in to be a nfl player..btw has roy williams caught on with anybody?..exactly.

  4. jkffootballguy says: Jun 15, 2012 6:44 AM

    Nothing new here. We’re used to this story in Minnesota. Glad he’s Baltimore’s problem now.

    Scary thing about McKinnie, he’s one of the best at his position even when he gives 75% effort.

  5. im2fast4you123 says: Jun 15, 2012 6:49 AM

    Lol he is never gonna change. Glad the vikes dumped him. Mat kalil is gonna be a beast and actually has a work ethic.

  6. bigbillsfan says: Jun 15, 2012 6:57 AM

    How can Bryant call himself a professional? He most think he can’t be replaced. Besides there are many openings at McDee’s.

  7. botchedextrapoint says: Jun 15, 2012 7:09 AM

    NcKinnie out of shape. Who’d of thought.

  8. chillyp says: Jun 15, 2012 7:34 AM

    McBlimpie’s addiction to stuffing his fat faces, is stronger than his addiction to money or professionalism.

  9. howiefeltersnatch says: Jun 15, 2012 7:46 AM

    I think if college athletes actually were forced to keep up with their academics instead of given a free easy ride because they can run fast or catch a ball, I think we’d get a lot less lazy football players who have no reason to take out $4mil loans to cover a six month lay-off.

  10. pftcensorssuck says: Jun 15, 2012 7:49 AM

    Ridiculous …… it’s bad enough that McKinnie was in a position to need a $4.3 million loan in the first place, or that he went through that money like a sailor on shore leave and now can’t pay it back; but the fact that he lost one job to a lack of discipline, and now needs this job to pay for the lost 4.3 mill and he STILL shows up out of shape again……. just ridiculous.

    Some guys are just too stupid to appreciate what they’ve got.

  11. pa1856 says: Jun 15, 2012 7:50 AM

    Mckinnie better realize the food he can afford (McDonald’s dollar menu) will not help his weight loss. This guy is a real pushover when it comes to work ethic. Of he makes the team, it’s based off of his reputation when he was in his prime, coming out of college

  12. skepticalcommentreader says: Jun 15, 2012 8:03 AM

    botchedextrapoint says:

    NcKinnie out of shape. Who’d of thought.

    When the Ravens picked up McKinnie last year, I expressed my belief McKinnie was incapable of change.

    Ravens-fan coworkers sneered about it made sense for players to be motivated by dysfunctional teams. Needless to say, I can’t wait for them to get here this morning.

    Suck it Ravens fans!

  13. canetic says: Jun 15, 2012 8:04 AM

    The NFLPA has just issued a statement saying that McKinnie is in excellent shape. They want the NFL to provide any evidence they have that McKinnie is in fact out of shape.

  14. txxxchief says: Jun 15, 2012 8:24 AM

    He just has a thing for those chicken wings!

  15. obamareallysucks says: Jun 15, 2012 8:29 AM

    big body – tiny brain!

  16. eddiefnvedder says: Jun 15, 2012 8:56 AM

    Roy Williams gig with storage wars texas is paying his bills, no need for an NFL contract lol

  17. lawyermalloy says: Jun 15, 2012 9:01 AM

    What a “Putz”!

  18. FinFan68 says: Jun 15, 2012 9:02 AM

    McKinnie was awesome at the U but he has not put forth the effort as a pro. He is just simply a lazy POS that has enough talent/size to do the bare minimum and retain his job. One of the guys on Sirius blasted about this guy for about 5-10 minutes. It is disgraceful what guys like McKinnie and Haynesworth (similar attitude/work ethic) believe they are entitled to.

  19. pleazenufalready says: Jun 15, 2012 9:14 AM

    “And more importantly, they’d have a big hole on their offensive line if they let McKinnie go”

    … 6’8″ and 370-ish…..I’m guessing this comment in the story is the understatement of the year

  20. johntonioholmes says: Jun 15, 2012 9:17 AM


    He can still perform, despite being a slob, but still…hilarious.

  21. 2ruefan says: Jun 15, 2012 9:24 AM

    If the NFL is really worried about the health of players, this is the kind of thing they should be paying attention to.

    The severe risk that obesity puts on the body of a player.. especially ballooning up an down and putting the heart under the kind of stress that being an athlete does.

    It’s amazing a guy like McKinnie doesn’t just have a heart attack right on the field during minicamp….

    Maybe that’s why the Vikings cut him. It already happened to them during training camp once.

  22. ravenator says: Jun 15, 2012 9:30 AM

    He’s got issues, yes. That being said vs Pitt (x2), he dominated their LBs for the majority of the game.

    James Harrison getting faceplanted by this man and watching Ray Rice make Polamalu look like he just fell off the rocking chair, sweeet! Let that soak in Pittsburgh trolls.

  23. wludford says: Jun 15, 2012 9:38 AM

    Looks like McKinnie spent the $4.3m at Subway trying to lose weight. Glad the Vikings ditched him.

  24. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 15, 2012 9:45 AM

    The Vikings want him back. They want him to lie down on the practice field so Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin have a new hill to race up.

  25. fwippel says: Jun 15, 2012 9:46 AM

    Well, as a Viking fan, I must say that I am completely shocked by this revelation.

    ………just kidding.

  26. rugdog100 says: Jun 15, 2012 9:49 AM

    Memo to Bryant McKinnie: STOP CLUBBING EVERY NIGHT!

  27. diesel23 says: Jun 15, 2012 9:50 AM

    MkSkinnie is at it again……wow what a typo

  28. rugdog100 says: Jun 15, 2012 9:53 AM

    ravenator — Being a Viking fan, I feel for you. In a given game or on a given play, BMac can dominate. But he can also disappear, usually to a night club or a fast food joint. Cutting him was the best thing the Vikings could have done last year. Best of luck to you with him – he’ll drive you crazy.

  29. flaccounibrow says: Jun 15, 2012 9:59 AM

    ravenator says:
    Jun 15, 2012 9:30 AM
    He’s got issues, yes. That being said vs Pitt (x2), he dominated their LBs for the majority of the game.

    James Harrison getting faceplanted by this
    Game 1: Harrison at 40% got beat up
    Game 2: Harrison more healthy still not 100% got 3 sacks. Without Woodley opposite him. Dis you watch the game? I’m going to live watching the rat birds go 7-9 this year. Worst O-line in the league.

  30. purpleguy says: Jun 15, 2012 10:03 AM

    As a Viking fan, there is no joy in reading this story. This story, and this guy, are just sad. What a huge waste. McKinnie is going to end up bankrupt by age 40 and dead by age 50 (if he makes it that far) — and everyone can see it coming.

  31. dukemarc says: Jun 15, 2012 10:08 AM

    Why is this a surprise, it’s the same reason the Vikes let him go.

  32. trojan33sc says: Jun 15, 2012 10:15 AM

    When you are paid millions as a professional to do “one” thing how much motivation to you need in comparison to all the football players that failed to make it to that level ? McKinnie can’t hire a personal trainer & chef like Ray Lewis ?? I’m NOT impressed.

  33. cpo187 says: Jun 15, 2012 10:17 AM

    Raises eyebrows???

    Like when Chris Brown punches Rihanna in the face, then Rihanna forgives him a runs back, only to be punched in the face again.

    People are who they are, and some will never change.

    It would have raised more eyebrows if McKinnie showed ip IN shape.

  34. ravenator says: Jun 15, 2012 10:21 AM

    If there was a healthy fast food dollar menu, this wouldn’t be an issue.

  35. lpd1964 says: Jun 15, 2012 11:03 AM

    The sequel to The Blob-Mckinnie.

  36. cereal blogger says: Jun 15, 2012 11:17 AM

    As a Ravens fan I see his dept as a good thing, if he doesnt get his lazy azz in shape now, he’ll be poor the rest of his life. He literally has one last chance to fix things. Its now or never for real this time ya’ big dummy……..

  37. demo1984 says: Jun 15, 2012 11:29 AM

    If Fat Albert would put as much effort on the field as he does promoting his record label he would be one of the best LT’s in the NFL and he migh actually have some money. Another typical unioversity of Miami players.

  38. ahostiletakeover says: Jun 15, 2012 11:32 AM

    Yup, worse o-line in the league flaccounibrow, you know they only helped Ray Rice lead the league in yards from scrimmage and allowed considerably fewer sacks that that vaunted Pittsburgh O-line last year. Pittsburgh fans are the one group of fans with zero room to speak on “worst o-line” Pouncey is good when he can actually stay healthy and DeCastro will be a mauler sooner than later, but the resr of your o-line is as sorry as the Ravens’. At least McKinnie (thankfully they only have to use him for one more season) and Birk have shown the ability to be great players in the past, can the same be said about the likes of Jonathan Scott, Doug Legursky, and Willie Colon?

  39. jessethegreat says: Jun 15, 2012 1:36 PM

    I know the talent is scarce, but if I were a GM, I would not draft and or sign any players that weigh more than about 310. I’d put it in EVERYONE’S contract that if they hit 325 or so, they are automatically cut from the team and forfeit any and all signing bonus that has been handed out.

    You can get bye with athletic, strong offensive linemen much better than you can with obese lazy ones.

  40. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Jun 15, 2012 8:08 PM

    Perhaps he can be the next host on Man vs. Food.

  41. randallflagg52 says: Jun 15, 2012 8:51 PM


    That is a horrible idea. Look at guys like Walter Jones, Orlando Pace or Jon Ogden. Jones was probably the smallest of the 3 and he was easily 330 lbs. All are future HOFers and helped their teams win many many games.

    Also what about defensive players? Look at Haloti Ngata. Guy is at 340-350 lbs and he flat out wrecks offensive game plans. Don’t be so absolute in your statements because there is always an exception.

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