McKinnie still absent, subject to daily fines under CBA

July 27, 2012 | Luke Jones

McKinnie still absent, subject to daily fines under CBA

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Absent from practice for the second straight day, left tackle Bryant McKinnie is not only missing valuable practice time but will have a lighter wallet if and when he reports to the Ravens.

Coach John Harbaugh said Friday he wasn’t aware of McKinnie having any more contact with the organization and confirmed he is subject to being fined for his absence from training camp. According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the 32-year-old tackle was fined $30,000 for missing the start of training camp.

“As far as I know, there’s no communication from Bryant,” Harbaugh said. “He does not have an agent. We heard from a chiropractor the first day.”

The Ravens fined him the maximum daily amount under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, which doesn’t bode well for an individual already dealing with financial problems.

McKinnie is currently on the reserve-did not report list, which provides an exemption from the 90-man training camp roster.

Fourth-year tackle Michael Oher has been working on the left side in McKinnie’s absence and confirmed he has spoken to his teammate, which is more than the organization can say at this point.

“I’ve talked to him a few times,” said Oher, who expects McKinnie to return to the team. “I just told him to take your time, and we’ll be here if he needs us and things like that and take care of anything he has going. I’m pretty sure he’ll get everything squared away. He sounds positive. I told him, ‘Take your time, and we’ll be waiting for you.’”

Easing the Ravens’ concerns a bit on Friday was the return of rookie Kelechi Osemele, who worked a limited number of reps at right tackle after beginning training camp on the active physically unable to perform list with back spasms. Osemele is expected to compete with second-year lineman Jah Reid — who is also injured — for the right tackle spot as Oher occupies the left side.

Caution with Ngata

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata remained on the active PUP list after suffering a hamstring injury while taking his conditioning test on Wednesday.

He was missing from practice for the second straight day, but Harbaugh admitted the Ravens are using extra caution with the three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman.

“It’s not a major hamstring, but Haloti’s been around a long time,” said Harbaugh, who admitted it would at least be a few more days for the 340-pounder before returning to practice. “I think we’ll bring him back when the time is right.”

In his absence, 2011 practice squad member Bryan Hall and veterans Ma’ake Kemoeatu and Ryan McBean have worked with Terrence Cody and Arthur Jones on the starting defensive line.

Injury report

In addition to Ngata and McKinnie, defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee), offensive tackle Jah Reid (calf), wide receiver David Reed (knee), and linebacker Terrell Suggs were again absent from participation on Friday.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb was excused from Friday’s practice as he dealt with a personal matter but Harbaugh said he’s expected to be back with the team on Saturday. The issue is not a concern at all, according to the Baltimore coach.

Offensive linemen Ramon Harewood (ankle) and Justin Boren were the only other additions to the list of non-participants. Harewood left Thursday’s workout after rolling his ankle and did not return to practice.

Camp highlights

Kicker Billy Cundiff was 4-for-4 on field goals during one period of practice, connecting from 20, 36, 41, and 48 yards. However, the veteran was upstaged by rookie Justin Tucker, who connected from those four distances and added an impressive make from 57 yards. Both have been exceptional in the first couple days of practice. … Second-year wide receiver Tandon Doss continues to impress with his hands but also reeled in a long touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco on a fly pattern down the sideline, beating cornerback Jimmy Smith on the play. … The starting offense got the best of the first-team defense in one practice period as Flacco led his unit right down the field, culminating the drive with a beautiful touchdown pass to Ed Dickson, who was covered by linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. … Linebacker Sergio Kindle had a strong day, intercepting a pass off a deflection and collecting several sacks while working with the second defense. … The Ravens practiced in helmets, shells, and shorts and are expected to have their first full-pad practice on Saturday.

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  1. Bruce Says:

    Meanwhile, a photo and story has surfaced about McKinnie partying in South Beach with some chick.

    In my opinion, this guy has no place on this team, and should have to give up that 500k bonus he received.

  2. Unitastoberry Says:

    Another whack job from the U just beat Pittsburgh.

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