Terrence Cody relieved to pass workout

July, 28, 2010
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Tuesday was not a good day for Baltimore Ravens second-round pick Terrence Cody.

The rookie defensive lineman, who battled weight problems in college, made headlines by failing his conditioning test at the start of training camp. Cody garnered some negative attention in the media and also had to hear jokes from his teammates.

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Rafael Suanes/US PresswireTerrence Cody joined his first practice of training camp after passing a conditioning test Wednesday.
But Cody felt much better after passing the conditioning test Wednesday. Afterward, he joined his team for his first practice of training camp.

"I didn't pass, and I was kind of down on myself, telling myself I could have worked harder," Cody told reporters. "But I had a lot of people behind me, cheering me on after I failed it. It was just like, 'Get it next time or try again tomorrow.'"

According to Cody, the test for defensive linemen consists of six 25-yard sprints back and forth, with a little more than a minute of recovery time in between. He said fellow defensive linemen Kelly Gregg and Haloti Ngata were among the players intently cheering him on to make it through the drills.

Cody, who is "listed" at 349 pounds, was drafted to help stuff the run and control the line of scrimmage. But with Cody's size comes some weight concerns, which the Ravens will have to monitor this season.

"He's a little heavy right now. He's got to lose a little weight, but that'll happen in training camp," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. "But the fact that he's in shape is important. That's the bottom line, so it shows you that he's done the work."

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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