Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 6/15/12
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. "Bryant McKinnie is a guy that we held out just for conditioning purposes," Harbaugh told the Sun. "We're going to probably continue to do that (during the minicamp) and continue to try and get him in good shape. I think practice-wise, he's just as well doing the conditioning part of it." McKinnie, who was given a 500,000 roster bonus by the Ravens in March, had participated in the team's offseason program and was at two of the three organized team activities open to the media. Charlie Johnson stepped into the starting left tackle spot for Minnesota after McKinnie was released and struggled in his first year with the Vikings. McKinnie started every game last season for Baltimore after working himself into shape. Minnesota hopes it has drafted another long-term answer at left tackle by selecting Matt Kalil with the fourth overall pick in April's draft and has already anointed him as the starter. Johnson will move inside to left guard. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Aldon Smith posts video under a psuedonym of a blunt on Periscope

WATCH: Cam Newton get blocked by a girl playing volleyball

Russia avoids complete ban from Rio Olympics by the IOC

Report: Padres trying to move Andrew Cashner, Derek Norris

Baseball's top prospect called up to majors by Astros

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Braves 'aggressively' shopping Francoeur, Aybar

Report: Hue Jackson designing plays for Terrelle Pryor

Report: Darnell Dockett expected to announce retirement

Report: Yankees have not discussed releasing A-Rod

Report: D-Backs making Shelby Miller available via trade

Rex Ryan: IK Enempkali could fill void left by Mario Williams

Adam Silver is the new standard-bearer for league commisioners

Iowa football player held at gunpoint by police while playing Pokemon Go

Eight most significant injuries going into NFL training camp

Man. U players banned from playing 'Pokemon Go?'

Ken Griffey Jr. put on backwards hat during HOF speech

Mike Piazza honors 9/11 victims during Hall of Fame speech

Jeremy Lin hints he is racially profiled by arena employees

Why did Rio mayor offer to put kangaroo in Olympic village?

Joe Maddon wastes no time cracking Chris Sale joke

Report: Lamar Odom walked out on family intervention

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

10 NFL players set to become household names in 2016

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker