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Is Bryant McKinnie No Longer a Baltimore Raven?

Kyle CaseyCorrespondent IIISeptember 4, 2012

An unexpected and surprising report came out regarding the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday.

According to, Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie told WNST radio in Baltimore he is no longer with the team, though CBS notes that he has since "backtracked" on his statements.

The veteran offensive lineman then took to Twitter to announce the news, tweeting, "Decision made! I'm gone!"

However, the Ravens have not yet confirmed the news McKinnie is no longer with the team, meaning there's a chance he could return to Baltimore.

McKinnie is set to make $3.2 million this season, and the team could be working with McKinnie and his agent on a restructured contract to save the team salary cap space.

If McKinnie is indeed no longer a Baltimore Raven, his void at left tackle would most likely be filled by current starting right tackle Michael Oher. Oher has been expected to be the team's future left tackle, so he should be prepared for the move to the left side of the offensive line.

At right tackle, rookie Kelechi Osemele would get the start. Osemele had success in the preseason, and he has been battling Bobbie Williams for the starting left guard job.

The loss of McKinnie is huge for the Ravens, as he started all 16 games in 2011, his first season in Baltimore.

Replacing McKinnie won't be easy, but Oher and Osemele will have to do just that.

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