Although Cody will be examined again prior to the start of training camp in two weeks, he doesn't expect to practice without restrictions at that time and is likely to be eased back into contact work.
"I don't know yet," Cody said during Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain's annual football and fitness clinic at Reisterstown Regional Park. "We'll know once it gets closer to camp time, but I think I'm going to take my time, though."
When asked if he thought he would be ready for the start of the regular season, Cody replied: "Probably so."
Cody was sidelined for the Ravens' offseason practices after spending time on crutches and getting back to the point where he could walk without them.
Cody has been able to work on his conditioning. He hasn't gained back weight after losing a significant amount since his days as a consensus All-American nose guard at Alabama, where he once tipped the scales at 400 pounds. The 25-year-old is now listed on the roster at 6 feet 4, 349 pounds.
"I've been doing good," said Cody, a 2010 second-round draft pick entering the final year of a four-year, $3.064 million rookie contract. "I'm doing a lot of work, rehabbing and getting back healthy."
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.
Cody had started every game the previous season and made a career-high 34 tackles. He 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.
The injury hampered Cody all season.
"It was hard, but I pushed through it even though I didn't know I was hurt at first," Cody said. "Stuff happens. Things come up."
Since the Ravens drafted Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams, a 6-foot-1, 335-pound Division II All-American, in the third round, Cody will now face competition inside.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh envisions a deep rotation along the defensive line after the Super Bowl champions signed Chris Canty and Marcus Spears in the offseason to go with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Ngata could shift inside to nose guard on occasion.
"We will have a nice little rotation at defensive tackle," Harbaugh said. "Haloti bumps inside a little more now than he did in the past, because we added Marcus and Chris. We have really bolstered our front seven big-time.
"I just think we are going to be deep. DeAngelo [Tyson] is still in the mix there. We are going to have a nice rotation upfront. It’s going to be a very formidable group up front."
Harbaugh has been pleased with how Cody is working his way back from the injury.
"He looks great," Harbaugh said. "He looked really good."
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