McKinnie off Pro Bowl squad

Vikings offensive tackle was reportedly dismissed from the NFC Pro Bowl team Saturday afternoon after missing practice both Friday and today.

The NFL announced today that Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie has been dismissed from the NFC Pro Bowl team for unexcused absences.

McKinnie, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl, missed both Friday and Saturday practices. Because of the lateness of his dismissal, he won't be replaced on the NFC team roster.

According to tweets from McKinnie's Twitter page, he was at a Miami nightclub late Thursday night. Both he and Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers were absent from Friday's practice, but Peppers returned to practice Saturday and is expected to play.

Word out of Miami was that McKinnie's NFC teammates were angered by his absence. He is subject to a fine for missing the practices and being removed from the NFC roster.

On his Twitter page, McKinnie said that he withdrew, writing, "I've been playing thru pain the last month and need time 2 let my body heal. I was trying 2 push myself 2 play n this game and I thought my body would start feeling better the later we got in the week."

With McKinnie off the NFC roster, of the 10 Vikings selected to play only four remain – Jared Allen, Adrian Peterson, Steve Hutchinson and Heath Farwell.

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