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For once, the Ravens seemed to have both tackle positions settled. Bryant McKinnie was solid at left tackle last season, and Michael Oher was looking forward to playing the same position in consecutive years for the first time in his career.
Unfortunately, this was not to be, as McKinnie has once again proven to be too unreliable to be counted on.
McKinnie's disappearing act has Ravens coaches and fans confused and worried. Did McKinnie really fail to live up to his promise of being in shape for training camp?
If so, that means the Ravens mistakenly doled out a $500,000 roster bonus to him. Sadly, that would be a bloated number for a bloated body, and that's a mistake the Ravens rarely make.
Ultimately, what happens next is all up to McKinnie. If he shows up in shape and ready to play, this story will go away.
On the other hand, if McKinnie's conditioning is truly the issue here, there is no way the Ravens will rely on him this season.
That would mean an already weak offensive line would be even weaker heading into the season. Michael Oher would start at left tackle, switching sides for the fourth time in his career, while Jah Reid would start at right tackle.
That would be a scary situation, so hopefully McKinnie shows up soon and in shape. If he doesn't, McKinnie will be gone and the Ravens' season might just be gone with it.