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Ravens begin minicamp without McKinnie, Birk

Ravens begin minicamp without McKinnie, Birk

The Ravens opened up their mandatory minicamp Tuesday afternoon without two starters from their offensive line. Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie and center Matt Birk were not on the rain-soaked practice field, though head coach John Harbaugh said their absences were excused. McKinnie was held out of practice due to concerns about his conditioning, but he was inside the practice facility. Meanwhile, Birk had surgery to have varicose veins fixed in his legs, something that has been on his plans since the end of last season but wasn’t taken care of until last week. “Bryant McKinnie is a guy that we held out just for conditioning purposes,” Harbaugh said. “We’re...