Before joining the Vikings, McKinnie concluded a 20-year career as a college basketball coach, including a three-year stint as an assistant coach for the University of Miami (1994-96).
McKinnie played football at the University of Iowa from 1965-67, where he earned All-Big 10 honors as a running back. He graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in speech and dramatic arts. Following graduation, McKinnie played five seasons of professional football with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (1968-71, ’73). He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972, but played the season with the Atlanta Falcons and the Kansas City Chiefs.Silas Anthony McKinnie was born in Detroit. He attended Robichaud High School in Dearborn, Mich., where he earned all-state honors in both football and basketball. He has a daughter, Ixchel, and a son, Lance.
Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (knee), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf) were all held out of Wednesday's practice.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has had no problem erasing the memory of the only blemish on his record in a five-year run of success against the Lions.
Tim Twentyman covers all the news from Wednesday's practice including the need to score more points, sticking with Nate Freese and more.
The Detroit Lions have named Gus Kapolka of Cedar Springs High School the week three recipient of the 2014 Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan High School Football Coach of the Week Program.
Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and Jordy Nelson are big threats in the Lions matchup against the Packers on Sunday. Tori Petry reports on what the Lions are saying about facing this talented offense.