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Ravens: McKinnie expected to report on Monday

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.

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.

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."

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