Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie has been a no-show so far at training camp, but he says he’s on his way.
McKinnie told the Baltimore Sun in a text message that he’ll report on Monday. He’s being fined $30,000 a day while he stays home, so he has a strong financial incentive to return.
Realistically, unless McKinnie has resigned himself to being broke for the rest of his life, he can’t afford not to work: He’s been ordered to pay $4.3 million to a company that gave him a loan during the lockout last year, and he has apparently wasted almost all of the tens of millions of dollars he’s made in his NFL career. McKinnie is going to be a professional football player or he’s going to be broke.
That doesn’t mean McKinnie will be on the practice field on Monday, however. The Ravens will make him take the team’s conditioning test, and if he fails he won’t be out there. Questions have been raised this offseason about McKinnie’s physical condition, so that conditioning test will be important to watch.
McKinnie also said in a radio interview that he had an “accident,” which may affect his health, although he hasn’t clarified exactly what happened.
But whatever is going on with McKinnie, he will be back on Monday. And the Ravens will have to hope he’s in good enough shape to get to work.