Injuries are not new to Cody, as knee injuries sidelined him for four games during last year as well as three games in his 2010 campaign. Ravens chose Cody in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of the University of Alabama to be a run stuffing interior lineman. He started every game in 2011, but then lost the starting nose tackle job in 2012 and was a reserve lineman again in 2013.
Cody was set to become an unrestricted free agent this past March, but the Ravens signed him to a one-year, $730,000 contract after he said he didn't think he would need to have any additional surgeries after undergoing hip and elbow surgeries prior to last season. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Cody was expected to be sidelined until training camp:
He's got a chance to be back for training camp. He's rehabbing every day, doing a good job with that.Cody finished the 2013 NFL season with 15 combined tackles. The 6'4" 340 pound tackle has a career 87 combined tackles in 56 regular season games played. In the postseason, Cody posted 13 combined tackles in eight games played.
Cody is not guaranteed a roster spot for the 2014 NFL season. Veteran nose tackle Haloti Ngata is still a solid defensive fixture, and Cody will be competing with Brandon Williams and rookie Timmy Jernigan for a role as a run-stopper on the defensive line.
Considering coach Harbaugh says that Cody has a "chance" to be back in training camp, the only option is to be patient and continue with rehab. This past January, BaltimoreRavens.com Garrett Browning reported that Cody was hoping to stay in Baltimore and regain his starting job.
If I am here, eventually I want to [come into my own] here. Maybe start and get that role back as one of those guys, one of those starters on that team. No matter what, this is going to be a key offseason. It’s going to be interesting this offseason.Cody was right, this offseason is definitely "key". Hopefully he can get back to the field before training camp begins in July, and stay healthy for the rest of his professional career.
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