Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie continues to try to play his way into shape after reporting five days late to training camp at a weight of roughly 360 pounds, well above his stated target of 345.
"The weight is going down south, so that's good," McKinnie said Sunday night after a practice at Navy Marine-Corps Memorial Stadium. "My back feels good. Better and a little more aggressive, that's what I like. I'm moving around a lot better in pass protection."
McKinnie said he still anticipates regaining his starting job at left tackle.
He's currently running with the second-team offense behind Michael Oher, with rookie Kelechi Osemele operating as the first-string right tackle.
"They're just slowly building me up to make sure I'm doing good and moving well," said McKinnie, who stonewalled Sergio Kindle on consecutive plays to prevent him from getting anywhere near the quarterback Sunday.
McKinnie, 33, is also awaiting the results of a medical exam from a week ago intended to find out why he's having what he described as metabolism issues.
"It will be a week Monday, so probably, hopefully tomorrow," McKinnie said. "They took my blood work and tested it."
** Special-teams ace and backup inside linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo left practice with a knee injury and didn't go back in, but doesn't believe it's serious.
"My knee felt a little bit funny," said Ayanbadejo, a former Pro Bowl special-teams selection. "I was trying to be smart, so I didn't go back in. I shut it down. You got to read your body."
Ayanbadejo intercepted a Matt Ryan pass during a 31-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.
"Linebackers have to play the run and the pass," Ayanbadejo said. "We get to do a little bit of everything." .
** Inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe declared that he's finally overcome a hamstring injury that's lingered throughout camp.
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"I'm all right now," he said. "I'm good, I'm back. It was just precautionary. I pulled both hamstrings last year, so I didn't want to go through that again. I'm trying to say on top of this and not have any setbacks. It was just real tight, and I didn't want to risk pulling it."
** Rookie running back Bernard Pierce practiced without incident for the second day in a row after missing nearly two weeks with a recurring hamstring injury first suffered during a June minicamp.
"If I wasn't all the way back, they wouldn't let me out there," said the third-round draft pick from Temple. "It was sore from the first time, and it got worse than it already was. I wanted to make sure I was completely healthy before I went back out there.It's a long season, so you've got to take care of yourself."
** Tandon Doss continues to miss time with a hamstring injury, a situation that could cause him to fall behind other competitors for the fourth receiver spot. LaQuan Williams caught a few touchdowns Sunday.
"We just want to make sure it's 100 percent before I get back on the field," said Doss, who's limited right now to individual drills. "We'll re-evaluate it. You don't want it to become a long-term injury."