Ravens veteran left tackle Bryant McKinnie reported to training camp on Monday after missing the previous four days.
The teams website reported that Mckinnie had met with head coach John Harbaugh on Sunday. “He and I had a long conversation, a very good conversation,” Harbaugh said. Under the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) McKinnie could be fined $30,000 a day for each of his absences.
“Like I’ve said many times, I think the world of ‘B-Mac.’ I do believe he is a hard worker. I do believe he has been working hard, but he is not ready to practice yet. When he is ready to practice, he’ll be out there.” McKinnie told Harbaugh that he suffered a fall at his home in South Florida and strained a muscle in his back.
Prior to reporting to camp, the Ravens moved Michael Oher to left tackle with Harbaugh stating he will stay at the position until further notice. McKinnie will have to pass his conditioning test prior to taking the practice field.
In other Ravens training camp news tight end Dennis Pitta is believed to have suffered a broken hand during a padded practice on Monday. Pitta is scheduled to have a MRI on Tuesday to assess the extent of the injury. “It looks like he broke his hand,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “It looks like he’ll have to get it repaired in some form or fashion and he should be back for the first regular-season game. That’s very tentative, I’m very ahead of myself.”
Pitta finished the 2011 season with 40 receptions, 405 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
Veterans Ray Lewis, Matt Birk and Ed Reed were given the day off on Monday. In the past the Ravens have allowed veterans 30 and older a day off. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (hamstring); offensive tackles Ramon Harewood (ankle) and Jah Reid (calf); wide receivers Tommy Streeter (undisclosed), David Reed (knee) and Tandon Doss (hamstring); defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee); and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles) did not participate.
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