McKinnie returns to practice a day after being deemed "too heavy"

A day after being held out of practice because he was deemed "too heavy," left tackle Bryant McKinnie was out on the field this afternoon practicing for the first time in training camp.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said yesterday that he was disappointed in McKinnie, but he expected to have him out on the field soon.

"Bryant is just too heavy right now,” Harbaugh said yesterday. “He needs to lose weight. He's in good shape and he has good cardiovascular fitness, and I can  tell he's worked hard, but I wasn't real comfortable putting him out there at  that weight. We will figure it out in the next 24 hours, the next 48 hours, what  we want to do and the best way to deal with it. He will be out there at some  point.”

McKinnie, 33, has a history of weight and conditioning issues and found himself on the bench during the regular season last year because the coaching staff wanted to get him in better shape and practice harder.

While McKinnie was on the practice field, his replacement at left tackle yesterday, Kelechi Osemele, was not. Osemele tweaked his right hamstring early in yesterday's practice. Team officials don't believe it to be a serious concern.

Other players who weren't visible to reporters during the early portion of practice today were wide receiver Marlon Brown and cornerback Asa Jackson. Guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) and linebacker Jameel McClain (spinal cord contusion) remain on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Rookie defensive tackle Kapron Lewis-Moore (knee) is on the non-football injury list.

Safety Anthony Levine had been on the PUP list but he was on the field practicing today. Undrafted rookie cornerback Moe Lee was also participating today after watching yesterday's practice from the sidelines.






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