Now that Bryant McKinnie is back in the fold with Ravens, the affable offensive lineman was all smiles and laughs Wednesday although he was very short with his answers.
Will he start at left tackle vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in the Monday Night Football opener?
"I should ask y'all that," McKinnie said to reporters. "What do y'all think?"
When the question was rephrased, he only responded with laughter.
The fact is, McKinnie is listed first on the depth chart even as he practiced with the second team for much of training camp and didn't start in the first two preseason games. The Ravens were unhappy that the 12-year veteran entered camp out of shape.
The drama came to ahead Tuesday when he announced via Twitter that he was no longer on the team after being asked to restructure a contract that was to pay him 3.2 million this season. Then, the sides worked out a deal.
Ravens asked him in person about the restructuring at first, then all the negotiating took place over the phone. Coach John Harbaugh even called. McKinnie claims he only was peeved because it was supposed to be his off day.
"At that point I thought I was already gone. I was surprised to get the phone call. I thought it was a farewell phone call," McKinnie said.
The split averted for now, McKinnie has no hard feelings towards Harbaugh and doesn't expect the ordeal to impact his performance negatively.
"I have no problem. Everything is business," McKinnie said. "You can't (get) too many emotions tied up in it when you have to deal with business at the same time. It was business on their end. It was business on my end and we took care of it."
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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