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The 360-pound defensive tackle out of Alabama signed a three-year contract Monday and arrived at McDaniel College eager to launch his NFL career. But after flunking his physical, he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list (PUP).
“Part of our process is everybody’s got to pass the conditioning test to be sure they’re ready to compete,” coach John Harbaugh said after Tuesday’s practice. “It’s going to be hot out here, our practices are fast. We’ve got to be sure guys are physically ready to practice at the pace we’re practicing at.
“So, when he passes the conditioning test, he’ll practice.”
Years ago, Cody weighed over 400 pounds. After falling to the second round on draft day, he said, “I felt it was my weight and stuff that dropped me to this late.”
And now, his NFL career will get off to a late start.
“I’m not surprised. Every year certain guys struggle with that,” Harbaugh said. “Guys learn there’s a certain level of expectation in terms of conditioning that goes with being an NFL player, especially for this team. So he’s going to have to get himself in the type of shape he needs to be in.”
Cody was drafted 57th overall by the Ravens. Baltimore’s other second-round pick, linebacker Sergio Kindle of Texas, fractured his skull while falling down a flight of stairs last week and will probably miss the entire camp.
Ten players are currently on Baltimore’s PUP list: Cody; safety Ed Reed; cornerbacks Fabian Washington, Lardarius Webb, Prince Miller and Walt Harris; linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo; offensive tackle Oniel Cousins; running back Matt Lawrence; and wide receiver Rodelin Anthony.
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