McKinnie's Back ... In More Ways Than One
According to two published reports, left tackle Bryant McKinnie has returned to Baltimore, but with a bad back in tow, which explains why it was his chiropractor that contacted the team when his absence from training camp was discovered.
He is expected to report to the Under Armour Performance Center on Monday.
McKinnie said he slipped and fell outside his home, incurring the injury. He could be placed on the Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) list after having spent four days on the Reserve/Did Not Report (DNR) list.
Per the new collective bargaining agreement, McKinnie is thought to have been assessed $150,000, a daily $30,000 fine going back to the Wednesday check-in date.
McKinnie has indicated he has been working hard to get ready for camp and improve the conditioning and weight problems that have plagued him. He cited boxing-style workouts as part of his regimen.
In McKinnie's absence, the Ravens moved Michael Oher to left tackle for the second time during his career. Oher also played there in 2010, when he committed eight false starts and 12 total penalties.
McKinnie was signed by the Ravens during training camp last year, partially because of the recommendation of fellow Miami (Fla.) graduates Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
He is the tallest and heaviest Raven on this year's 90-man roster, at 6-foot-8 and 354 pounds. Originally, he came into the league as a 2002 first-round draft pick -- the same year the Ravens took Reed -- ostensibly to replace the deceased Korey Stringer on the Minnesota Vikings line.
Posted July 30, 2012