Bryant McKinnie Up To His Old Tricks Again

Written by  Cedric Hopkins July 31, 2012
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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.

Cedric Hopkins

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Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

For years Cedric has researched and written about legal issues but maintained a love for sports. With FieldandCourt.com, he's combining his two passions: researching and writing about sports. When he's not in court arguing a case before a judge (or writing about himself in the third person), he'll be doing the same with his articles on FieldandCourt.com. Follow me, er, him on Twitter (opens in a new window).

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