Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told reporters that offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie is still unable to suit up for practice. McKinnie reported to Ravens training camp on Sunday (veterans were supposed to report the previous Wednesday) with a hurt back and is being held out of team activities.
McKinnie having issues preventing him from practicing is nothing new for the University of Miami grad.
McKinnie was originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first-round of the 2002 NFL Draft. After playing seven seasons in the NFL, McKinnie was selected for the 2009 Pro-Bowl. It didn't last long.
McKinnie chose to attend only one of the four team practices and didn't want his picture taken with the team. The NFL removed McKinnie from the Pro-Bowl for his lack of interest.
Following the NFL lockout, McKinnie showed up to the Vikings facility weighing nearly 400 pounds to start the season. The Vikings cut the overweight 'Cane.
Fellow Miami alums took up McKinnie's cause to find a team and Ray Lewis and Ed Reed convinced the Ravens to take a chance on the apathetic lineman.
Now we have McKinnie showing up late for training camp, missing practices and not communicating with the team. History instructs that this is status quo for McKinnie, not an aberration.
McKinnie has placed the Ravens in a precarious position with their offensive line. Baltimore is dealing with an aging front-five and need to make concrete decision on starters early in camp. Not knowing if or when McKinnie would report to camp—or if he would show up overweight—prevents the Ravens from making those decision.
As it is now, fellow offensive lineman Michael Oher is working in the left tackle position instead of where he will most likely end up: right tackle.
The lack of cohesiveness with Baltimore's offensive line—at the hands of McKinnie—may affect the team's overall performance this season.