Ravens nose guard Terrence Cody recently underwent hip surgery, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.
Although Cody is expected to be sidelined for the Ravens' offseason activities, the former second-round draft pick is expected to make a full recovery by training camp.
Cody is coming off a rough season, starting just three games and dipping to 25 tackles, no sacks, no forced fumbles and no fumble recoveries with one pass deflection. He was replaced in the starting lineup by veteran Ma'ake Kemoeatu.
Cody also dealt with an elbow injury last season.
The former Alabama consensus All-American had started every game the previous season and registered a career-high 34 tackles.
Cody had just two tackles during the playoffs, where he seemed to do a better job of keeping blockers off of retiring middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who led the NFL with 51 tackles during the postseason.
The former Alabama All-American graded out for the season with a minus-6.5, according to Pro Football Focus, which gave Cody the lowest grade among the Ravens' defensive linemen.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome didn't hesitate at a season-review news conference to identify team needs.
"We talked about it, the middle of the defense," Newsome said. "We think we have to get better at defensive tackle."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun