Speaking with reporters Wednesday, Falcons interim coach Raheem Morris said McKinley entered the preseason in great shape after spending the offseason rehabbing a shoulder he injured late last season. Morris said McKinley has had some recent off-field issues because of his groin injury keeping him from the playing field.
“When he’s playing football and he’s playing at a high level, he’s a great person to be around," Morris said. "When he’s in this mode where he doesn’t want to talk and he shies away from personal interactions and contact, that’s a problem.”
Morris also was asked if suspending McKinley because of his behavior on Twitter was an option.
“There’s always an option to suspend and there’s always an option just not to play,” Morris said. “There’s always an option to do anything we do. I know a lot of his money is guaranteed, but we’ll obviously talk to (team president) Rich (McKay) about that and go through that process. And obviously we’ll talk to Takk and get that thing done. We’re not going to sit here and talk about it through the papers or through media. That’s a grown-man conversation with another grown man."