Vikings release OT Bryant McKinnie

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MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have released left tackle Bryant McKinnie.

The team announced the move Tuesday, the second day of training camp.

McKinnie spent the first nine seasons of his career in Minnesota, immediately stepping in as the starter after ending a holdout in his rookie season that caused him to miss the first eight games.

McKinnie was voted to one Pro Bowl, but never did materialize into the dominant force the team hoped for when they drafted him in 2002.

He was placed on the non-football injury list to start training camp, and the Vikings signed Indianapolis Colts tackle Charlie Johnson on Monday. Coach Leslie Frazier says the decision wasn't easy, but was in the best interests of the franchise.

McKinnie tweeted, "Its been fun" on Tuesday afternoon.