NFL requires reimbursement for absent McKinnie

Minnesota Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie must pay back the

NFL for his non-participation in the Pro Bowl.

The NFL said Friday it will require a $4,285 reimbursement from

McKinnie for expenses incurred that week in Miami. McKinnie skipped

most of the team practices and obligations, and was then dismissed

from the NFC all-star squad.

NFL spokesman Randall Liu also said McKinnie has forfeited his

$22,500 game check.

Liu said the league’s competition committee will review the

matter and determine whether additional action should be taken to

deter such conduct at the Pro Bowl in the future.

McKinnie blamed his absence on a foot injury and

miscommunication about his desire to withdraw from the team.