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Injured knee could sideline Cody for year

Linebacker Dan Cody will miss most of the Ravens' preseason and possibly the entire season because of a knee injury.

Cody, who hyperextended his right knee and tore a piece of cartilage during a noncontact pass-rushing drill May 20, said yesterday that he had the knee arthroscoped two weeks ago and will have to sit out four weeks before doctors can assess its stability.

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If the knee does not improve, Cody said, the next step would be microfracture surgery, a procedure during which tiny fractures are created in adjacent bones to give room for new cartilage to grow.

The recovery period after micro- fracture surgery is at least four months, which would keep Cody out for the regular season.

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"I've just got to wait and see. It's too early to figure out where I'm at," he said after yesterday's morning session of Ravens training camp at McDaniel College in Westminster. "Hopefully, having surgery arthroscopically will kind of fix it."

A second-round pick in 2005, Cody has been hindered by injuries.

He missed his rookie season after spraining the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the first practice of training camp. Last season, he tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 26.

Cody, 25, said he remains hopeful about this season but acknowledged his inability to stay healthy.

"I'm optimistic I will be able to play this season, but you just kind of grow numb to it," he said.

Yanda runs with first team

Rookie offensive lineman Marshal Yanda found himself playing on the first unit when the Ravens took the field at Bair Stadium for their first practice of training camp.

With Jonathan Ogden and Michael Kracalik nursing injuries, Yanda, a third-round pick out of Iowa, filled the left offensive tackle role, lining up with left guard Jason Brown, center Mike Flynn, right guard Chris Chester and right tackle Adam Terry.

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"I felt pretty comfortable," Yanda said. "It was tough at times going with the ones, but it's something that I'm expected to do. I had fun out there."

Kracalik participated in limited drills. He said he rolled his left ankle during minicamp almost two months ago and though the ankle is much improved, it's not 100 percent healthy.

"I just played on it and didn't give it enough time to rest," Kracalik said. "They just wanted to get me out here to do drills and see what I could take and what I couldn't. It's day-to-day right now."

Gaither learning quickly

Rookie offensive tackle Jared Gaither got the best of Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs, locking Suggs down on one play during an 11-on-11 drill.

But Suggs beat Gaither on a sweep the next play.

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"Suggs, he's a great player," Gaither said. "He got me a little bit on the second rep after that. I'm just here to play the best that I can and just put forth my best effort."

End zone

Linebacker Mike Smith and fullback Justin Green participated in running and stretching drills during practice, and coach Brian Billick remained optimistic about their quick returns from injuries. "We're hopeful that they can return possibly by mid- to late-week, but it's more with the trainers recognizing where they are in their rehab," Billick said. ... The Ravens took out a full-page ad in yesterday's editions of The Sun congratulating former Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. on his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. "He's been kind enough to be a supporter of ours," said Kevin Byrne, senior vice president of public and community relations. "We ... wanted to salute him."

edward.lee@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Don Markus contributed to this article.


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