Harbaugh reluctant to call on McKinnie

Harbaugh reluctant to call on McKinnie
December 12, 2012, 4:30 pm
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Even though the Ravens could need an offensive lineman to fill the void left by Marshal Yanda -- who hobbled off the field last weekend, wore a walking boot after the game and didn't practice Wednesday -- coach John Harbaugh doesn’t sound eager to turn to Bryant McKinnie.

McKinnie, who was the starting left tackle going into the season but demoted just before it, is a natural to be in the mix to play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

By the midseason point, he told CSN Baltimore that he expected to be starting again. 

Harbaugh didn’t get that memo. McKinnie was replaced by Michael Oher, who had been the right tackle, and rookie Kelechi Osemele installed right tackle next to Yanda.

Quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked twice in Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins. Both came on the Ravens’ first two possessions of the third quarter when they were driving for scores to make it a two-possession game. Both sacks led to turnovers, a fumble and an interception, that allowed the Redskins to get six points on a pair of field goals.

"Our offensive line is playing pretty well. Sacks come from a lot of things. Sure, guys get beat one-on-one and all of that," Harbaugh said. "Bryant is a part of it. When we think he is the best option, we will put him in there.

"He is working hard at practice. He, obviously, has some ability at pass-protector. That’s a big deal, no doubt about it. I … would have no qualms about him going into the game. If we feel like he’s the best option at one position or another, we’ll do it. Right now, we think we have the best group of guys out there, but that could change."