Emanuel Cook, Matt Balasavage
Emanuel Cook defends tight end Matt Balasavage from behind during practice at Stevenson. (Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina Perna /August 19, 2012)
Left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who has been a no-show at training camp, leaving his future with the Ravens in doubt, told The Baltimore Sun in a text message tonight that he'll report to the Under Armour Performance Center on Monday.
McKinnie is currently on the reserve/did not report list, accruing fines of $30,000 per day in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
It's unclear if McKinnie, who started all 18 games for the Ravens last year, has voiced his plans to report Monday -- the team is off tomorrow -- to team officials. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that the team had heard from McKinnie's chiropractor before the first full-squad practice Wednesday, but had yet to hear from the player himself.
McKinnie didn't provide an explanation for his absence to The Sun. However, he told Baltimore radio station, WNST, tonight that he had an "accident" and would say more after reporting to camp.
Before being able to practice Monday, McKinnie will have to pass the team's conditioning test, which is certainly no given. He has long faced questions about his weight and the Ravens opted to have him work on his conditioning rather than practicing with the team in the mandatory minicamp in mid-June.
With McKinnie away from the team, the Ravens have been using Michael Oher, who started every game at right tackle last season, on the left side.
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