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Ravens rookie defensive tackle Terrence Cody is dealing with a swollen bursa sac in his left knee, causing him to miss practices this week and putting his status for Saturday’s matchup with the New York Giants in jeopardy.
According to Head Coach John Harbaugh, Cody won’t need surgery, but it is something he might have to monitor throughout the year.
“He’s got a slight issue with the cartilage on the outside of his knee,” Harbaugh explained. “[It is] nothing that needs surgery at this time. He can definitely get through the season with it.
“It’s like a lot of guys, they have these little things you have to deal with.”
Listed at 349 pounds, Cody is wearing a compression wrap and icing his knee every chance he gets to reduce the swelling. The second-round draft pick said he wants to be cautious with the injury.
“I might feel like I’m OK, but if I go out there and something happens, it could make things worse,” said Cody. “I’m just taking it a step at a time.”
The Ravens’ defensive line was short this week, as Cory Redding missed Tuesday’s practice and Brandon McKinney was out Tuesday and Wednesday, both for undisclosed reasons. Redding was back on the field on Wednesday.
In the locker room, Redding told reporters that there was nothing wrong.
Fellow tackle Kelly Gregg has been mentoring Cody through the process of dealing with a knee injury at the defensive tackle position.
Gregg missed the entire 2008 campaign with a knee injury suffered in training camp, but he believes Cody will recover.
“He’ll be back,” Gregg said. “That’s just something you have to stay on, and we have the best trainers around.
“It’s just tough to bend when you get a lot of fluid in there because it gets stiff. But, he’s doing a good job already.”