Among the teams playing their third preseason game Thursday night was the Baltimore Ravens, who officially signed former Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie. The plan in Baltimore is that McKinnie is slated to start at left tackle, moving Michael Oher to right tackle, according to Scout.com's Aaron Wilson.
So what has happened is the Ravens passed McKinnie on his physical and issued this request: On Sept. 11, keep James Harrison out of Joe Flacco's face. It doesn't seem possible, but yet that's the buzz.
In a league built around a level field of competition – no sport allows teams to go from the outhouse to the penthouse faster than the NFL – it seems incongruous that the same player who was released for being dangerously out of shape by one team can be installed as a starter three weeks later by another team.
As long as there are still some "unofficial" sub-clauses being inserted in to the finalized version of the collective bargaining agreement, maybe its time to standardize what is a failed physical and what is an approved physical.
When McKinnie was released, those who were around when Korey Stringer collapsed and eventually died thought maybe the Vikings were taking the cautious approach with history helping guide a decision. Something doesn't seem to work out on the proverbial "apples to apples" scale. Either the Vikings wanted to get rid of McKinnie for financial reasons or the Ravens have a much less stringent set of prerequisites needed to take one's talents from South Beach to Baltimore.
"He's been working out and he's been eating right," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He's been working on football. We just had a great meeting with him. I'm very impressed with him. He's a very mature guy, very excited to be here, very intelligent guy. He picks up football like that, and I'm looking forward to getting him to fold."
Seeing as Baltimore has already been rattled by an earthquake and potentially could be in the path of a hurricane this weekend, maybe it's better to leave well enough alone and not dig any further into it.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.