The Ravens made a judgment call in March when they picked up a $500,000 roster bonus to retain starting left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie.
Months later, the Ravens made another decision involving McKinnie when they kept him off the practice field at a mandatory minicamp due to wanting him to focus on getting in better shape.
"Bryant McKinnie is a guy that we held out for just conditioning purposes," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We are going to probably continue to do that and try to continue to get him in good shape. Practice-wise, he is just as well doing the conditioning part of it."
The Ravens had starting right tackle Michael Oher line up with the first-team offense at left tackle with Jah Reid taking over Oher's spot on the right side after missing the past few weeks of practice with a strained lower back.
Oher has started on the left side in the past and could potentially shift over there permanently if McKinnie doesn't get prepared to play.
McKinnie was cut by the Minnesota Vikings last summer when he reported at 387 pounds. He was signed by the Ravens and started every game, playing his way into shape.
McKinnie has been a regular participant in the Ravens' offseason conditioning program and the 6-8 former Pro Bowl blocker has said he's down to 358 pounds with a target goal of getting down to 345 pounds.
It's unclear if McKinnie has had a setback with his workouts and diet.
"I'm glad I'm here so I can go through this now instead of what happened last year," McKinnie said last month. "Last year, I felt like I was on Celebrity Fit Club. I've been working and trying to stay active, and I didn't have much time off since we actually have an offseason. That helps out a lot. I came back here and have been participating in a big majority of what's going on here."
McKinnie pledged to general manager Ozzie Newsome in March that he would get into better shape prior to being paid the bonus.
"When I came up here in March, he said to show commitment and I'll stay committed to you," McKinnie said. "I feel like I need to take part and it helps me."