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Terrence Cody expects to play this season despite offseason hip surgery

Despite having undergone surgeries on both hips within the past year, Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody expressed confidence that he will play this season.

Cody is currently on the physically unable to perform list, which dictates he can't play in the first six games and is ineligible to practice.

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"Yes sir, yes sir," Cody said at his locker Wednesday when asked if he believes he'll play this year. "I'm sure I will. I've got to play. It's been tough sitting there watching the game.

"You want to be out there to help your teammates and go through the battle with them and not just be one of the guys watching the game."

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Cody first had surgery on his left hip a year ago, and he also had a procedure on his elbow. This year, it was his right hip, with the labral repaired each time.

"When I got the left hip done, there were problems in the right hip already," said Cody, a 2010 second-round draft pick from Alabama. "It wasn't severe enough to have surgery. As the season went on and rehab and everything, I was kind of compensating and putting a lot of stress on that side. It progressed as the damage went on."

Cody once weighed 400 pounds in junior college. He acknowledged his weight could have been a factor in the stress on his hips. Cody is visibly leaner now, with the 6-foot-4 defensive lineman saying he's lost roughly 60 pounds since his college days when he was an All-Southeastern Conference selection. Cody said he currently weighs 327 pounds.

"I feel good," he said. "I feel quick."

Cody was signed to a one-year, $730,000 contract in March that includes no guaranteed money. He had 15 tackles in a dozen games last seaosn with one start. In four NFL seasons, the former consensus All-American has 87 career tackles and two pass deflections with no sacks or forced fumbles.

On a defensive line that has lost Kapron Lewis-Moore and Brent Urban to season-ending injuries and has Chris Canty and Timmy Jernigan both dealing with knee injuries, Cody could provide depth later this season, if he's activated.

"It's been a long time," Cody said. "I'm itching to get back out there. I want to get healthy and stay healthy."

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