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 issues.