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Report: Ravens have started fining Bryant McKinnie

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It looks like Bryant McKinnie’s decision to skip the first few days of Ravens camp is going to have an impact on his wallet.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Ravens have already fined the absent left tackle $30,000 for failing to report on Wednesday’s check-in day. McKinnie has missed Thursday and Friday’s practices as well, for reasons the Ravens have left vaguely defined as “personal reasons.” If Cole’s report is accurate, those reasons were not compelling enough for the Ravens to excuse McKinnie from work.

McKinnie promised to “shut everybody up” when he arrived at training camp at his target weight of 345 pounds, but his absence is doing exactly the opposite. Everyone’s wondering if he added weight after minicamp, something that would have landed him in hot water with the Ravens, or if dealing with lawsuits stemming from a loan during the lockout is the reason he isn’t in camp. Either way, there’s a lot of discussion about when the Ravens will decide to cut their losses (a $500,000 roster bonus) and drop McKinnie from the team if he continues to stay away from camp.

The team has already started preparing for life without McKinnie. Michael Oher is at left tackle and the team’s Twitter account said rookie Kelechi Osemele will “likely step in” at right tackle with McKinnie absent. Unless he shows up in shape in the next couple of days, it’s not too great a stretch to suggest we’ve seen the last of McKinnie in a Ravens uniform.

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13 Responses to “Report: Ravens have started fining Bryant McKinnie”
  1. hans2410 says: Jul 27, 2012 3:43 PM

    Correction: we’ve seen the last of McKinnie in a NFL uniform.

  2. pickleman77 says: Jul 27, 2012 3:44 PM

    The Ravens should just have told him that there will be an all you can eat Chinese Buffet at training camp…he’d have been there for sure.

  3. newmarketmaulers says: Jul 27, 2012 3:45 PM

    Isnt this the same guy that had to borrow $4 mill so he could exist through the Lockout?

    What’s he missing on this?

  4. cpo187 says: Jul 27, 2012 3:47 PM

    McKinnie is the biggest waste of talent in the NFL.

  5. 97tahoe says: Jul 27, 2012 3:49 PM

    Is anyone surprised by this?? Certainly not us Vikings fans.

  6. vikingdoode says: Jul 27, 2012 4:00 PM

    Fat guy in a little coat!

  7. ravenator says: Jul 27, 2012 4:15 PM

    Line at McDonalds must’ve been long…

  8. purplehayseuss says: Jul 27, 2012 4:41 PM

    What was that scientific fact about the size of the brain in a dinosaur?

  9. purple4ever84 says: Jul 27, 2012 4:51 PM

    He must have booked another trip on the love boat here in minnesota!

  10. jason49er says: Jul 27, 2012 5:01 PM

    Can’t wait for Baltimore to cut him, San Fran could use a backup tackle with Alex Boone jumping to Guard.

  11. ravensrooster94 says: Jul 27, 2012 5:47 PM

    Cut him & save 3.2 mil. What’s so hard about that?

    What is hard is that 32 training camps have opened and the Ravens o-line is a train wreck.

    ‘Way to go, Oz.

  12. fargovikesfan says: Jul 27, 2012 5:50 PM

    Is it too early to say we told you so? Most overrated LT to ever play the game.

  13. charmcityravens says: Jul 27, 2012 9:25 PM

    The main reason the Ravens haven’t been able to get over the proverbial hump the last 4 seasons has nothing to do with Joe Flacco, but it has everything to do with their O-line. The O-line, particularly LT, is the Ravens Achilles heel. Ever since Jonathan Ogden hung it up, it’s been nothing but trouble: Jared Gather and his piss poor work ethic & attitude; Michael Oher’s regression; and now McKinnie. If they could’ve put forth a solid line these past 4 years, they’d have at least one additional SB.

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