One day after failing the team’s conditioning test, Baltimore Ravens second round draft pick Terrence Cody passed his physical on July 28 and is now cleared to practice. Cody failed his test twice on Tuesday and was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Tuesday that he wasn’t surprised that Cody failed the conditioning test because “every year certain guys struggle with that.”

The Ravens conditioning drill consists of a 25-yard run, then a circle back and a 70-second rest before repeating the dash twice. Under the heat and humidity of summer conditions, the drill can be an intense task. ,”It’s down and back, down and back, down and back. It’s not complicated, it’s a tough test,” Harbaugh told reporters. “You’ve got to go out there and compete.”

Cody, a 350-pound defensive lineman from Alabama, will be expected to play a significant role in the Ravens rush defense this season. Adept at clogging the middle of rush lanes, Cody was the centerpiece of Alabama’s championship-winning 3-4 defense. Cody played nose tackle the past two seasons at Alabama after transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He earned the nicknamed “Mount Cody” for providing a mountain-sized force in the middle.

During his tenure at Alabama, Cody’s weight often swelled to 400 pounds and the lack of conditioning was one of the major reasons why he slipped to the second round after being labeled as one of the best defensive line prospects in the 2010 draft class.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO