The decision by the Ravens to cut veteran Trevor Pryce - at least temporarily - and Cory Redding's concussion sustained Sunday against the Cleveland Browns could put Brandon McKinney into the starting lineup against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
It could also mean that rookie Terrence Cody could get on the field for the first time in the regular season.
McKinney, a 6-2, 350-pound defensive tackle who has played sparingly for the Ravens since coming to Baltimore in 2007 from San Diego, said that he received a "significant" number of snaps in a walk-through before the regular practice Wednesday.
"I'm trying to take full advantage of every opportunity I can get," said McKinney, 27, who has started only two of 41 games in his NFL career. "I do see this to go out there as an opportunity to be a bigger part of the gameplan. This is going to be big for me."
Pryce being cut and Redding being sidelined could also Cody on the field since tearing his meniscus during training camp, though the former Alabama star isn't ready to say whether those situations translate into playing time.
"I don't know, you never know what happens," Cody said. "You have to ask the coaches that. I think I'm ready, but coaches will handle that decision whether I'm ready to not."
Asked if he has been frustrated, Cody said, "It hasn't been frustrating. It happens to the best of us. The only thing you can do is work hard and stay in shape."
Cody's well-chronicled battle with conditioning issues prior to his injury along with less than stellar practice habits has kept him in the doghouse for quite awhile. (Given the massive size of one of the team's two second-round draft choice who was nicknamed "Mount Cody" in college, it must have been a pretty substantial doghouse.)
Cody agreed that what he does in practice this week will dictate how much, if at all, he is used against the Steelers. But when someone wanted to know whether his recent work in practice has merited playing time, Cody said, "I wouldn't say that."
Cody said that he could help the team's suddenly vulnerable run defense "just being a big body in the middle and keep the linebackers free."
His goal for Sunday is simple.
"Just go out and do what I do - play ball," he said.
And maybe close the door on a very large doghouse.