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Bryant McKinnie Returns to Practice on Friday

Left tackle Bryant McKinnie was only overweight for a day, apparently.

In John Harbaugh's eyes, Bryant McKinnie was only overweight for Thursday's practice. He returned on Friday.
In John Harbaugh's eyes, Bryant McKinnie was only overweight for Thursday's practice. He returned on Friday.
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That didn't last long.

Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie was spotted back on the practice field when the media was ushered out for the beginning of two-and-a-half hour session, which started at 2:30 p.m. McKinnie was immediately spotted as he had already begun participating in positional drills with his fellow offensive linemen.

So that likely ends that saga, with McKinnie's weight being an issue for just the first day of training camp. Coach John Harbaugh said he held McKinnie out of Thursday's practice because he did not meet the requisite weight the two agreed on after minicamp broke. Due to the work McKinnie put in during the offseason, the veteran tackle did not have to do the conditioning test.

"I’m not sure who is more disappointed – Bryant or I – because he was pretty darn disappointed," Harbaugh said after Thursday's practice. "But I was feeling pretty disappointed myself. We had a long talk about it yesterday, and it wasn’t that effort wasn’t put in and there’s an issue. But we’re going to get it fixed together, and we’re going to get him out there.”

Though McKinnie's back, left guard Kelechi Osemele was not spotted during the early portion of practice. Osemele tweaked his right hamstring in practice on Thursday, and thus might be held out for Friday as a precaution.

With McKinnie's return, he'll probably be the starting left tackle in team drills. Michael Oher spent all of Thursday's practice at right tackle, which is where he'll stay. Assuming McKinnie isn't returning to Harbaugh's doghouse, then the only change along the line for Friday's practice will be Jah Reid filling in for Osemele at left guard.

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