The start to Terrence Cody's NFL career has been delayed because of a knee injury, but the rookie nose tackle said he feels like Sunday's game against the Browns will be his first chance to toss on his Ravens jersey in a regular season contest.
"I feel it's doing better," Cody said. "I'm not 100 percent yet, but I feel like it's a lot better than it was, and hopefully this week, by the way I practice, they're going to let me play."
Cody had minor surgery about three weeks ago to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He was unable to return to practice until last week, and hoped to play against the Bengals last Sunday, but was ruled a gameday inactive by the coaching staff.
"I feel like they wanted to be safe about it," Cody said of the decision to rest him last weekend. "Don't let it swell up or let anything else happen to it."
The run-stuffing nose tackle says he's been cleared for contact in practice, and has been practicing "like a regular work day". He said barring a setback, he plans on telling the coaches he's good to go against the Browns.
"I feel like if nothing happens with my knee and stuff, I feel like this is the week I can play," Cody said.