The Ravens’ rookies, quarterbacks and injured veterans had their first practice of training camp, but there were two unexpected absences.
Rookie defensive tackle Terrence Cody and veteran cornerback Walt Harris failed their conditioning tests and did not practice today as a result.
The two players wore jerseys and watched the hour and 15 minute session from the side.
Every player is given a conditioning test upon arriving at camp, and they cannot practice until they pass.
“Part of our process is that everybody has to pass a conditioning test to be sure that they’re ready to compete,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s going to be hot out here, our practices are fast. We want to make sure guys are physically ready to practice at the pace we’re practicing.”
Harbaugh was asked if he was surprised that Cody failed the test.
“I’m not surprised,” Harbaugh said. “Every year, certain guys struggle with that. Guys learn that there’s a certain level of expectation with conditioning that goes with being an NFL player, especially for this team. He’s going to need to get himself in the type of shape he needs to be in.”
Cody stayed after practice to run some sprints with a coach and walked off the field huffing and puffing. The man was in serious need of a bottle of water.
Harris is coming off a knee injury which caused him to miss the entire 2009 season. Harbaugh said while the corner failed the test on the first try, he shouldn’t be out for long.
“It’s a little bit new for Walt, it’s a new test for him,” Harbaugh said. “He signed, what, 10 days ago, two weeks ago. I don’t think it will be very long before he is able to do that.”