Terrence Cody was hobbling around the locker room on crutches today, three days after having surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus.
The massive nose tackle was moving slowly, and he spoke quietly and with a sense of frustration in his voice, but he had positive things to say about the surgery and his status at this point.
"It went good, everything was good," Cody said. "Got a lot of positive feedback from the doctors."
Cody, a second-round pick out of Alabama, said that while he had a knee issue in college, that was a separate medical problem (it was an MCL) and it was in his other knee.
While Cody had the surgery this week, doctors believe that the meniscus tear happened sometime earlier this offseason.
"When I had the surgery, they said it looks like it's been torn for a while," Cody said. "So I probably could have done it earlier in camp or something like that."
Cody most recently checked in at around 350 pounds, which is obviously a lot of weight to carry around on an injured knee. To make matters worse, as a defensive lineman, Cody has to use his lower body to drive off the line of scrimmage, and then use his leverage to battle with offensive linemen.
Building up the strength needed to get that push should be the most difficult part of Cody's rehab.
"It's just keeping the strength in it," Cody said. "[I'm] getting a good rehab and building the strength back up and being ready to get back out there."
As for Cody's status for the regular season opener against the Jets on Sept. 13, the rookie remains optimistic, saying he hopes to be able to play. The team will take things slow with Cody, however, and will make sure he's fully healthy before he returns.
"I'm feeling like [I can play Week 1], but the trainers and the doctors, they want to keep an eye on it," Cody said. "They don't want to rush me back and something ends up happening and it gets worse."