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Ravens Notebook: Cody expects rotation at nose tackle to continue

OWINGS MILLS - Regardless who starts, Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody said he expects he and Ma'ake Kemoeatu to both see significant time at nose tackle going forward.

"Yeah, I feel like it's going to be like that mostly through the season," Cody said.

Kemoeatu got the start against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, but rotated with Cody for much of the game.

Kemoeatu was in for 33 snaps. Cody was in for 21.

Cody was last year's starter, but was outperformed by the surprising Kemoeatu during training camp and the preseason.

Both had one tackle against the Bengals.

But both were also part of a Ravens' defensive line that struggled to stop Cincinnati's running game.

Bengals running back Benjarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown despite seeing only limited touches in the second half as Baltimore built its lead.

Without focusing specifically on Kemeoatu or Cody, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said the run defense will need to improve going into this week's matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles and Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy.

"I was not particularly pleased the way we played in the first half [against Cincinnati], especially against the run," Pees said of Baltimore's defense. "We have to play better against the run than we did in that game."

MCPHEE PLANS TO PLAY: Defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee) didn't practice for a second straight day Thursday, but said he expects to play Sunday against Philadelphia.

"Yeah, I feel pretty good," McPhee said.

McPhee started against the Bengals Monday and had one tackle, a sack he shared with outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw during the fourth quarter.

McPhee had 23 tackles and six sacks as a rookie last season.

HIGH PRAISE FOR BROWN: Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg was complimentary of cornerback Chykie Brown for his play on special teams in Monday's win against Cincinnati.

Brown had three special teams tackles, helping limit Bengals kick returner Brandon Tate to just 64 yards on three kick returns and 19 yards on two punt returns.

According to Rosburg, Brown was also an active blocker on both of Baltimore's return teams.

"Chykie played very well," Rosburg said. "We saw it coming. Honestly, we've seen such improvement from Chykie through the offseason. ... He's developed his skills, and it really showed out there in our game on Monday night."

"We're looking forward to big things from him as the season rolls on," Rosburg added.

INJURY REPORT: Along with McPhee, outside linebacker Paul Kruger (back) and offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf) were also non-participants in Thursday's practice.

Center Matt Birk (thigh) was a limited participant after missing practice Wednesday.

Safety Ed Reed (thigh) also practiced on a limited basis Thursday.

EAGLES BANGED UP AT RECEIVER: Philadelphia's top two receivers, Jeremy Maclin (hip) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) both missed practice Thursday.

Jackson's injury doesn't appear to be much of a concern, but Maclin's availability for Sunday's game against the Ravens seems to be very much in doubt.

The speedy Maclin had seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' season-opening win against the Cleveland Browns Sunday. He was targeted a team-high 14 times.

Maclin had a team-best 63 catches for 859 yards and five scores last season.

Reserve wide receiver Riley Cooper (collarbone) was also a non-participant Thursday.

Reach staff writer Matt Zenitz at 410-857-7896 or matt.zenitz@carrollcountytimes.com. Follow Matt on Twitter @mzenitz.

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