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With Jah Reid, the starter at left guard for much of the season, deactivated Sunday because of a toe injury, Bryant McKinnie took his place on the offensive line.
Since McKinnie was inserted at left tackle, Michael Oher moved to right tackle and rookie Kelechi Osemele moved to left guard. This marked the first time all year that Baltimore went with the offensive line group it had Sunday.
The Ravens could have played veteran Bobbie Williams at left guard and kept Oher and Osemele at the positions they played the entire season. However, head coach John Harbaugh and his coaching staff made the right decision going with McKinnie.
After starting every game a year ago at left tackle, McKinnie did not start a single game this season. A better run-blocker than pass-blocker at this point in his career, the veteran tackle helped pave the way for Baltimore’s rushing attack that gained 172 yards.
In addition, he held his own against the Colts’ pass-rushing specialists Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney.
It will be interesting to see what the Ravens' coaching staff does with McKinnie next week if Reid is able to play. My bet is McKinnie will remain at tackle for the rest of the playoffs.