It’s been nearly three weeks since the Ravens activated veteran nose tackle Terrence Cody from the physically unable to perform list, and he’s still waiting to see his first game action since last season.
Cody, who had offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip, was inactive for the Ravens’ 21-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 9. He’s been practicing with the Ravens since the week of Oct. 13.
“I’m starving, man,” Cody said when asked about how hungry he was to get in a game. “Whenever I get that chance, I’m not going to disappoint them. I’m just going to keep preparing myself each week and get ready like I’m going to play each week. Whenever my name is called, I’m going to be ready.”
The Ravens, who play the New Orleans Saints Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, are deep along the defensive line, making it tougher for Cody to see the field. In their last game against the Titans, both Cody and DeAngelo Tyson were healthy scratches. It was Tyson’s first time on the inactive list all season. Defensive end Lawrence Guy was inactive the game before that against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“You pretty much have to show coaches that you are ready and that you have been working to get back on the field,” Cody said. “That’s why we have these practices during the week, to see which guys are ready to play on Monday or Sunday.”
Brandon Williams starts at nose tackle, alongside defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and defensive end Chris Canty. Rookie second-round pick Timmy Jernigan is also part of the rotation with Tyson and Guy.
Cody acknowledged there is a healthy competition among the group to get the attention of the coaching staff.
“That’s how we’ve always been as a D-line group,” Cody said. “We’re all competitors but we know it’s a business and we know that they’re going to put the best guys out on the field on Sunday. It’s our job to prepare ourselves during that week and in practice.”
A second-round pick out of Alabama in 2010, Cody has struggled to make a significant impact during four previous seasons with the Ravens. However, he said he finally feels healthy again and after dropping a significant amount of weight, he’s in much better shape than he’s been in during his career.
"I feel great," Cody said. "Right now, I feel better than I did in my third year in the league. That's when I started having the hip problems and stuff. Right now, I feel the best that I've felt since that year."