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.