Friday, August 2, 2013
Wake-up: Why McKinnie is overweight
By Jamison Hensley
It's getting to that point in training camp when a practice is a success if every key player gets through without suffering an injury. Some AFC North teams weren't so lucky. Here's the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie told The Baltimore Sun that he reported to training camp 10 pounds over assigned weight of 346 pounds. Why was he overweight? Well, according to McKinnie, it has nothing to do with what he's been eating. "Another thing I learned is I need to stop lifting," McKinnie said. "Lifting kind of bulks me up and makes me heavy. I haven't been lifting this camp, just doing cardio. My strength was never an issue. I did lifting because that's what we were supposed to do. I stopped lifting to get down to weight and focusing mainly on cardio."
BENGALS: Another wide receiver has gone down in training camp as slot receiver Andrew Hawkins injured his left ankle going after an Andy Dalton pass. “I know he shouldn’t dive for the ball," coach Marvin Lewis told The Cincinnati Enquirer. "I keep harping on the same thing.” This has been a tough camp for Cincinnati receivers. A.J. Green is out with a knee bruise, and Marvin Jones is also banged up. In total, four starters didn't practice for the Bengals on Wednesday: Green, left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee), tight end Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) and defensive end Carlos Dunlap (concussion).
STEELERS: Could this be the final season for defensive end Brett Keisel? He turns 35 next month and he's the oldest Steelers starter. “I haven't really thought about what is going to happen in the future,” Keisel told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Reveiew. “I'm focused on this year, leading this team this year and getting us back to where we belong.” Keisel, a starter since 2006, is making $4.5 million in the final season of his contract.
BROWNS: Here's the good news for the Browns: Wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to practice Thursday after missing two days with a knee injury. And here's the bad news: David Nelson, who is competing for the No. 4 spot, was sidelined the same day after feeling discomfort in his surgically repaired right knee. "I don’t think it was anything major," coach Rob Chudzinski said, via The Plain Dealer. "We will get that checked and report back (Friday)."