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RAVENS TRAINING CAMP REPORT: Day 5

Camp Notes RAVENS TRAINING CAMP REPORT: Day 5

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens veteran offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie plans to report to training camp Monday after missing the first three days of practice for personal reasons, according to representatives of the former Pro Bowl blocker.

McKinnie, 32, has been dealing with an apparent back problem and had his chiropractor contact team officials.

The Ravens regard McKinnie’s situation as an unexcused absence, placing him on the reserve/did not report list.

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, McKinnie has been fined $30,000 per day. Veterans reported to camp Wednesday.

With McKinnie down in South Florida, Michael Oher has been lining up at left tackle with the first-team offense.

"We brought him here last year and he filled an unbelievable role for us last year and really was a big part of us having an opportunity to win," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said of McKinnie, who started every game last season. "You just let it play out. The season is not tomorrow, so you just let things play out.

"I think we have a good feel if things work or what Bryant can do at left tackle. And obviously, you have to have plan B anyway. Nobody is worried about it. It will play out the way it should play out, and we will be ready either way.”

In order to be allowed to practice, McKinnie will have a few hurdles to overcome.

McKinnie will need to take and pass a physical.

McKinnie is required to pass a mandatory conditioning test involving timed intervals of six 150-yard runs: running 25 yards up, 25 yards back, 25 yards up, 25 yards back, 25 yards up and 25 yards back in no slower than 35 seconds with 70 seconds rest in between heats.

McKinnie has battled conditioning issues, and was told by coach John Harbaugh to report at a target weight of 345 pounds. McKinnie told the Times over the summer that he was down to 350 pounds after being held out of a mandatory minicamp when he weighed 354 pounds.

McKinnie was cut by the Minnesota Vikings last year after beefing up to 387 pounds during the NFL lockout.

“I’ve talked to him a few times,” Oher said Friday. “I just told him to take your time and we’ll be here if he needs us and things like that and just take care of anything he has going. So, I’m pretty sure he’ll get everything squared away.”

Oher indicated that he expects McKinnie to ultimately show up for work.

“I think so," McKinnie said. "He sounds positive. Like I told him, ‘Take your time, and we’ll be waiting for you.’”

McKinnie is dealing with multiple lawsuits stemming from a $4.5 million loan taken during the work stoppage last year as well as other growing debts incurred to agents, creditors, mortgage companies and car dealerships.

After firing multiple agents and financial advisors this offseason, McKinnie is finalizing hiring new representation.

McKinnie was paid a $500,000 roster bonus in March after pledging to general manager Ozzie Newsome that he would get in better shape. He started every game at left tackle last season after the Ravens signed him to a two-year contract that includes a $3.2 million base salary this year.

"I’m going to show up at the weight I’m supposed to be and handle my business and get everybody off my back," McKinnie told 24×7 this summer. "I want to get this work done, come in at the right weight and shut everybody up. I’m getting in shape."

The Ravens have expressed confidence in Oher, who started every game at right tackle last season after previously starting at left tackle two years ago.

"Mike, the way his mind works, he is such a team guy, ‘Right tackle, left tackle, coach, just tell me where you need me,’" Cameron said. "All tackles aren’t that way. Some see themselves as a right or a left. We got the right guy. It’s great to have a guy that can play either way, especially a guy that can be a great left tackle."

WEBB RETURNS: Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb returned to practice Saturday one day after being excused from training camp to attend to a personal matter involving his son.

Webb was signed to a $50 million contract during the offseason after establishing himself as the Ravens’ shutdown cornerback last season.

He intercepted five passes during the regular season and three more during the playoffs.

INJURY UPDATE: Cornerback Jimmy Smith limped off the field, but his leg injury is believed to only be minor.

Smith dealt with cramps Friday.

Outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw didn’t finish practice after a collision with running back Bernard Pierce. He appeared to be dealing with a stinger on his right side, favoring his right arm.

Wide receiver Tandon Doss experienced cramping issues as the Ravens practiced in full pads for the first time in hot temperatures.

Offensive tackle Ramon Harewood (ankle), offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf), Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (hamstring) defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee), guard-center Jutin Boren (undisclosed), wide receiver David Reed (knee) didn’t practice.

Reid, Reed, Ngata and McPhee are on the physically unable to perform list.

Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is on the non-football injury list after partially tearing his Achilles tendon in April.

FIRST MISS: Former Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff missed the first field goal of training camp, sailing a 48-yard try wide left.

Cundiff has connected on 18 of 19 field goals in three practices, including kicks from 55 and 50 yards Saturday.

Meanwhile, undrafted rookie kicker Justin Tucker has made 20 of 20 field goals. That included converting seven field goals Saturday with a long kick of 54 yards.

QUICK HITS: Cornerback Corey Graham intercepted Joe Flacco, racing nearly the entire length of the field for a touchdown. Graham also intercepted a Tyrod Taylor pass targeted for wide receiver Jacoboy Jones.

“One of the things about Corey is his versatility,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. “We played him at the corner and the nickel spot, and I’ve also taught him to learn the backup safety. You never know how things are going to go down the road, how many make the cuts, and who’s going to be here. You’ve always got to have those guys who can be flexible.”

Outside linebacker Albert McClellan intercepted a dropped pass by Jones, returning it for a touchdown. …. Taylor threw a bomb to former University of Maryland wide receiver LaQuan Williams for a 50-yard touchdown, displaying a lot of arm strength.

 

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors.  More from Aaron Wilson

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