Sitting at his locker stall Friday following the first practice of the week after the expiration Thursday afternoon of the NFL trade deadline, Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie smiled.
The former Pro Bowl blocker was glad that trade speculation linking him to the Arizona Cardinals was unfounded.
"I heard it, too," McKinnie said. "It's a blessing to be here, I'm blessed for that. I didn't really worry about it. I was hearing everything and I didn't know what to think. If it happened, it happened. I wasn't worried about it."
Benched before the start of the season and replaced by Michael Oher at left tackle, the 6-foot-8, 354-pounder is still hoping to find his niche this year after starting every game last season.
"It's a long season, and we can do a lot of good things," McKinnie said. "I'm staying ready."
McKinnie is on the injury report with a hip flexor aggravated against the Houston Texans when he played in 18 snaps, but is expected to be ready for Sunday after practicing all week.
"It's in the process of getting better," he said. "I'm still workoing on that. I could play Sunday if they need me to."