Bryant McKinnie

McKinnie hears Chiefs' trash talk

MANKATO, Minn. - After practicing against them last week, Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie suddenly can't wait until the next time he lines up opposite the Kansas City Chiefs.

During a broadcast of the HBO Series "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Kansas City Chiefs," rookie defensive end Turk McBride said to a veteran teammate,

"Their tackles are terrible. Every one is soft."

Told of the comment, McKinnie said, "Oh, please.

"That's surprising," he said. "But we get to play them again this year. So we'll see. I'm going to remember that, though."

On the show, McBride was shown beating two of the Vikings' unheralded tackles, and he had a solid pass rush on McKinnie that wasn't aired. But McKinnie is eager for the Sept. 23 game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

"I don't know what they're going to do," McKinnie said, "but I know what I'm going to do."

Bryant McKinnie Update

Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie returned to camp. He missed all 9 of the previous practices with hamstring issues. "I worked hard to get back, but it's hard when you see someone else play your position when you feel you can help out," McKinnie said. Head coach Brad Childress noted that McKinnie got beat by defensive end Ray Edwards on a bull rush, and also praised Edwards for having a good camp. Childress didn't seem too worried about McKinnie, however, who clearly needs to shake off the rust, which is normal for any player missing significant camp time.


In this match involving Vikings' McKinnie, it's advantage Venus

Viking Bryant McKinnie seems content with his Ebone Starr, for the moment, while Tarvaris Jackson is looking and Adrian Peterson is hitting on the playbook.

At the American Indian Magnet School's playground-raising in St. Paul on Friday, members of the Vikings lent their muscles to the one-day project.

While most Vikings were using one shovel to move chips onto a tarp, McKinnie was twice as efficient with a shovel in each hand. The way the offensive tackle was working two shovels made me think that he might, indeed, be able to juggle Serena and Venus Ebone Starr Williams simultaneously (as offensive as that would be to the sensibilities of most). Because he was holding potential weapons, I opened with a sly question, asking whether McKinnie was bummed that no American had made either final of the French Open.

"I know," he replied. "They've got Wimbledon coming up."

Will McKinnie be there? "Possibly," he said, mischievously.