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The McKinnie situation

August 15th, 2008 – 11:06 AM by Judd Zulgad

Still no official word if Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie is going to be suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Sirius NFL Radio reported this week that McKinnie is “likely to be suspended.”

What’s interesting about this is if McKinnie is going to have to miss four games the Vikings certainly don’t seem concerned. It’s been made clear that if McKinnie is forced to sit out, veteran backup Artis Hicks will slide into the left tackle spot. But throughout training camp in Mankato, Hicks rarely worked with the first team or even at left tackle for that matter.

Hicks spent most of his time playing left guard with the second unit. Perhaps the Vikings simply believe that Hicks is prepared to play the left tackle spot and they don’t feel he needs the reps at this point. Of course, if McKinnie is suspended Hicks would stand to get plenty of reps at left tackle in practice.

But one also has to wonder if the Vikings are confident the Sirius report was incorrect and that they won’t end up having Hicks playing left tackle.

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