Found June 15, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
Poor conditioning eventually cost Bryant McKinnie his long-time job at left tackle for the Minnesota Vikings. Now it could be doing the same with the Baltimore Ravens. According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens opened mandatory minicamp on Tuesday without two former Vikings. Center Matt Birk had surgery to fix varicose veins in his legs. Meanwhile, McKinnie was reportedly missing due to concerns about his conditioning. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh told the Baltimore Sun that their absences were excused and that McKinnie was inside the team's practice facility. But, just as it happened in Minnesota, McKinnie's weight could be becoming an issue for his new coach. McKinnie, 32, started nine straight seasons for the Vikings at left tackle after he was the team's first-round pick in 2002. But he was cut a day into training camp last season when he reportedly showed up weighing more than 400 pounds. Now listed at 6-foot-8 and 360 pounds, the big tackle is having similar is...

Bryant McKinnie not a lock to make Ravens?

Bryant McKinnie sat out the Ravens’ minicamp this week to work on his conditioning, which has been a problem for him throughout his career, especially over the last year or so with Minnesota and now Baltimore. The Vikings cut him for his conditioning after the lockout last year and then he signed with Baltimore, where he played solid on the left side. The Ravens decided to keep...

Ravens' McKinnie battling weight issues again

The Ravens made a judgment call in March when they picked up a $500,000 roster bonus to retain starting left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie. Months later, the Ravens made another decision involving McKinnie when they kept him off the practice field at a mandatory minicamp due to wanting him to focus on getting in better shape. "Bryant McKinnie is a guy that we held out...

Conditioning a problem again for McKinnie

About 10½ months ago, Bryant McKinnie was sidelined in Mankato for being out of shape. It’s happening again in Baltimore even after a big roster bonus and a promise. Plus, the Bears cut a QB and the Rams signed a LB that visited the Vikings last month.

Ravens' Kruger looks to play key role

Paul Kruger was in his home state of Utah, enjoying a rare day off from offseason training, when he logged into his email account and saw a string of emails awaiting him on May 3rd. "I knew something must have been up, because I had a bunch of texts and emails. More than usual. I went on the Internet, and there it was -- Terrell was injured," the fourth-year Ravens player...

Joe Flacco has a baby boy

Getty Images Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and his wife Dana gave birth to a healthy eight-pound baby boy named Stephen.  He is their first child and it’ll certainly be interesting to see if he follows in his father’s foot steps and becomes a legit quarterback one day. Congrats to both Joe and Dana and we wish them the best of luck as their family continues to grow.

Ravens Terrell Suggs return could take longer than expected

Baltimore Ravens Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles tendon in April but the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year vowed he would return to the field in the 2012 season. Despite telling reporters he feels great, his return to the gridiron could take longer than first expected. Speaking to reporters yesterday at the close of Baltimore Ravens mini-camp, Suggs admitted that perhaps...

Suggs: 'Only question is when' not if he plays in 2012

Terrell Suggs discarded his crutches Monday, but he was back on the comeback stump in a press conference at the Ravens' facility Thursday. "Like I said before when I first got injured: I will be in a Baltimore Ravens uniform in 2012," Suggs said. "The only question in when." Suggs said he injured his Achilles in May doing a fitness test, again denying...

2012 AFC North quarterback breakdown and preview

Now that mini-camp is over, the Pittsburgh Steelers are off until they report to training camp at St. Vincent in Latrobe on July 25, 2012. While our focus will constantly be on the Steelers, it is time to do an early preseason positional breakdown of the AFC North as a whole, to see how the Steelers stack up. First on the list for review it the quarterbacks. 1. Ben Roethlisberger...
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