McKinnie to start as Ravens' left tackle

Former Viking Bryant McKinnie has gone from out of work and out of shape to starting left tackle against the Pittsburgh Steelers in about two weeks.

How quickly can a full recovery be made?

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.

What?

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.

FRIDAY NOTES

  • A slew of former Vikings won't be at Saturday's preseason home opener – not out of lack of interest but for compassionate reasons. Vikings greats including Jim Marshall, Joe Kapp and Joey Browner are slated to take part in a charity golf event in Two Harbors, Minn. Marshall, who is co-owner of Viking Legends Sports Bar & Grill in Two Harbors, is hosting the event at Lakeview National Golf Course. The celebrity golf tournament is a fundraiser to benefit local high school athletic programs faced with budget cuts. The goal is to raise $25,000 to assist the local sports programs.

  • The Minnesota State Fair opened Thursday and among the guests at the self-proclaimed Great Minnesota Get-Together was Gov. Mark Dayton. He was accosted by several Vikings fans asking him to prove he can back his campaign promise of getting a stadium deal done. That's one of the great things about a state fair. You get the true constituency willing to let you know what they think. For civilians, the State Fair is a chance to gain three pounds in six hours. For politicians, it might be a form of community service.

  • Cornerback Mike Jenkins, a former first-round draft pick expected to play a big role in the Cowboys defense after struggling last year with a rash of pass interference penalties early in the season that made him a target, was expected to use this preseason to assert himself as the leader of the secondary – an unofficial passing of the torch from Terence Newman. Instead, Jenkins has already been ruled out of Saturday's game – the last time the first-team offense and defense will spend any significant on-field time together prior to the start of the regular season.

  • Viking Update sends congratulations out to the Vikings' Jeff Anderson, who was named director of corporate communications Thursday by the organization.


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  • The Minnesota State Fair opened Thursday and among the guests at the self-proclaimed Great Minnesota Get-Together was Gov. Mark Dayton. He was accosted by several Vikings fans asking him to prove he can back his campaign promise of getting a stadium deal done. That's one of the great things about a state fair. You get the true constituency willing to let you know what they think. For civilians, the State Fair is a chance to gain three pounds in six hours. For politicians, it might be a form of community service.
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  • Viking Update sends congratulations out to the Vikings' Jeff Anderson, who was named director of corporate communications Thursday by the organization.
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