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Bryant McKinnie making gradual progress

Ruled unable to practice on the first day of training camp because of his weight, Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie continues to make gradual progress each day.

McKinnie was pulled out of practice early Friday when he struggled to keep pace with the tempo and quickly got visibly tired.

McKinnie had his most active practice Sunday, with run-game coordinator Juan Castillo only giving him a few breaks. Listed on the roster at 6 feet 8, 352 pounds and roughly 10 pounds heavier than that weight, McKinnie still appears sluggish at times when he gets tired and has issues keeping up with the faster pass rushers.

Overall, Ravens coach John Harbaugh has seen improvement from McKinnie.

"Yeah, Bryant looks better every day," Harbaugh said. "He made it through most of the whole practice today. It was almost normal rotation. He's moving really well.

"He's in very good shape. He's moving around really well. He looks quick to me. You take that weight off, and he's going to be that much better."

Ideally, the former Pro Bowl blocker will get himself into optimal playing shape before the start of the regular season after getting off to a shaky start this summer after signing a two-year, $7 million maximum value deal this spring.

"That's what we're looking for," Harbaugh said. "We want to run our offense a certain way. We want to be really fast and be aggressive and we need all of our guys to be able to move in the right way. We want Bryant at his best and he wants that, too."

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