Tempers flare between Cody, Gradkowski

The Baltimore Sun

A heavyweight fight unfolded between center Gino Gradkowski and nose tackle Terrence Cody as tempers flared Saturday during the Ravens' first day in full pads.

There were two rounds to this training camp brawl.

Cody and Gradkowski locked up after one play with Cody taking a big swing at the second-year offensive lineman. After run-game coordinator Juan Castillo separated the combatants and Gradkowski was walking
away, Cody slapped his helmet off.

One play later, they went at it again. Cody shoved his hand underneath Gradkowski's facemask and wouldn't let go.

Gradkowski didn't immediately react when Cody punched him and then the center went after Cody aggressively. Both players went to the ground with the 6-foot-4, 340-pound Cody rolling on top of Gradkowski, a 6-foot-3, 300-pounder. Several players rushed into the fray before it was broken up.

"Me and Terrence get into it," Gradkowski said. "We're actually good friends in the locker room. It was one of those things during camp where you go against each other so many times, it's bound to flare up. That's going to happen all throughout camp.

"I think it's good as long as nobody gets hurt. When you're competing out there, tempers are going to flare with the type of athletes and competitors we are."

The fight was preceded by some tense moments between the offensive and defensive linemen.

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees chalked it up to old-fashioned aggressiveness.

"That's part of football," Pees said. "Guys are in their tussling, fighting. Guys are fighting for positions,
you know? At this time of year, it's not like the 53-man squad has already been made. Guys are putting a little extra into it."



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