Since making four consecutive starts on the defensive line, Brandon McKinney has been a healthy scratch in the Ravens' past three contests.
That might change this Sunday if an arm injury sidelines defensive end Cory Redding for the home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But McKinney said he can't afford to assume that Redding will miss the contest.
"I don't know. We're rotating guys, and we'll just see what happens Sunday," he said. "Like I do ever week, I just come in and prepare like I'm playing."McKinney is not built in the mold of a pass rusher, but at 6 feet, 2 inches and 350 pounds, he could provide the kind of run support that might be required against a Buccaneers ground game that is ranked 12th in the NFL and powered by the duo of rookie LeGarrette Blount and Carnell Williams.
While acknowledging some frustration over the sudden change in lack of playing time, McKinney said he has tried to remain optimistic about his role on the defense.
"It's about being a professional," he said. "I go out there and I still have a job to do throughout the week. Sunday is just one of the paydays. Some people get the opportunity, some people don't. We'll see what happens this week."