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Bryant McKinnie missing from Ravens first practice


At this point, Bryant McKinnie showing up, in shape, under normal circumstances would be the news.

The Ravens left tackle was missing from the first full-squad practice Thursday, after a summer spent on the sidelines trying to get into shape.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters after practice that McKinnie’s representative told the team he was dealing with a “personal” matter and it wasn’t clear when he’d return.

In his absence, the Ravens moved Michael Oher to left tackle, and used Ramon Harewood at right tackle, before he left practice with a leg injury.

Harbaugh said “until further notice, [Oher] is the left tackle.”

If it sounds like the Ravens are losing patience, it’s a reasonable suspicion.

They held him out of OTAs and minicamp hoping he’d get to 345 pounds, and he said afterward “I’m going to show up at the weight I’m supposed to be and handle my business and get everybody off my back.”

While it’s unclear what’s keeping McKinnie away this time, his recent track record doesn’t fill one with hope. The Vikings basically ran him off for being too fat, and until he shows up as promised, it’s normal to wonder if he will.

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22 Responses to “Bryant McKinnie missing from Ravens first practice”
  1. arealfan says: Jul 26, 2012 7:41 PM

    Good riddance!

  2. jefferee101 says: Jul 26, 2012 7:43 PM

    This guy is a joke.

  3. ravenator says: Jul 26, 2012 7:55 PM

    Even when he was out of shape he still dominated the steelers.

  4. wludford says: Jul 26, 2012 8:15 PM

    I think the personal matter was that he entered a hotdog eating contest- someone offered him 50 cent and all the hotdogs he could eat- how could he turn it down?

  5. rugdog100 says: Jul 26, 2012 9:08 PM

    I have to lol when I think back to a year ago when Rhineavens fans said the Vikings were stupid to dump Big Mac. Once he got to Baltimore, he’d be great. Oops! lol

  6. ravenmuscle says: Jul 26, 2012 9:10 PM

    He has big money problems…end of story. Wouldn’t be surprised if he knew that he would be served with court papers if he showed up at camp.

  7. mediasloppy says: Jul 26, 2012 9:18 PM

    I hope it’s not a personal matter with sad news. Until we find out I’ll keep my mouth shut and hope whatever it is, gets handled in the best way…

  8. speakthetruthflorio says: Jul 26, 2012 9:23 PM

    The Ravens are making the Vikings look smart!

  9. pftcensorssuck says: Jul 26, 2012 9:27 PM

    “I’m only nine pounds away!”

    June, 2012

    The last 9 must be a real bit@h

  10. schmitty2 says: Jul 26, 2012 9:30 PM

    I’d check the locat fast food joints

  11. purpleattack says: Jul 26, 2012 9:35 PM

    So tired of patch work at LT, can’t we get Jonathan Ogden in his prime back *sigh*

  12. steelanator says: Jul 26, 2012 9:36 PM

    Hmm, an old and now out of shape line is no way for a team to boast about a superbowl run. Especially when your top rival just totally upgraded their’s (Steelers) through the draft. Good luck.

  13. getadealdonealready says: Jul 26, 2012 10:05 PM

    I’m so glad he is not a Viking anymore, good luck with this guy Raven’s fans!

  14. steelanator says: Jul 26, 2012 10:14 PM

    Having an old and now fat O line is no way to boast a bout a Super Bowl run especially when your rival just upgraded theirs. Good luck.

  15. steelanator says: Jul 26, 2012 10:15 PM

    Ruh Roh ….

  16. cbass59 says: Jul 26, 2012 11:29 PM

    Big Ben has winning record v. ravens and is 2-0 in postseason.

  17. randallflagg52 says: Jul 26, 2012 11:35 PM

    Don’t really car if he stays or goes. Oher is a good LT minus the false starts. Not to mention Oher is a much better run blocker than McKinnie. Would be interesting to see what guys like Harewood and Reid can do on the right side. Baltimore seems very high on Harewood, but he’s never been healthy in his career.

  18. randallflagg52 says: Jul 26, 2012 11:47 PM

    rugdog100 says:Jul 26, 2012 9:08 PM

    I have to lol when I think back to a year ago when Rhineavens fans said the Vikings were stupid to dump Big Mac. Once he got to Baltimore, he’d be great. Oops! lol


    He was pretty solid last season, not great, but he was honestly a pretty good football player.

  19. purpleguy says: Jul 27, 2012 1:19 AM

    What a complete waste of talent. Like I said before, and I hope to hell I’m wrong — he’ll be bankrupt by age 40 and dead by age 50.

  20. iluvbears says: Jul 27, 2012 6:41 AM

    At least he’s your problem now, Ravens. Sometimes when you gamble, you lose.

  21. sudz28 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:38 AM

    “Even when he was out of shape he still dominated the steelers.”

    That’s true. Unfortunately for the Ratbirds, they have to play 14 other games against non-Steelers teams and he largely (ha!) sucked in all of those.

  22. dukemarc says: Jul 27, 2012 1:05 PM

    He got sidetracked by the Dairy Queen on the way to practice. They had to close down to restock the store after he was done.

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