OWINGS MILLS — Nose tackle Terrence Cody said he passed his baseline concussion tests following a collision he had against Tennessee this past Sunday.
Cody said he collided with Titans tight end Craig Stevens, which caused him to be dizzy. Cody said he had some slight headaches in the days that followed but is cleared to play. He practiced Thursday.
Cody said he wanted to re-enter the game. However, that’s no longer a possibility with the NFL rules stating a player can’t come back into a game if he’s experiencing concussion-like symptoms.
“I just felt dizzy after the play,” Cody said. “I shrugged that off and felt good but with the new rule you can’t go back into the game.”
Cornerback Chris Carr, who’s been nursing an injured hamstring, said he’ll be ready to play Sunday as well. Carr injured his hamstring in practice during training camp, and then re-tweaked it during Week 1’s game against Pittsburgh. Carr did not play against Tennessee, the first NFL game he’s ever missed.
“Last week would have been pushing it,” Carr said. “It’s all about being smart. If I feel like I’m not going to be affective then I’m not going to put myself out here.”
Pagano: ‘If they go no-huddle, you have to respond’
Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano didn’t seem like he was a big fan of the stunt Giants players Jacquian Williams and Deon Grant allegedly pulled against St. Louis on Monday.
Williams and Grant were accused of faking injuries to slow St. Louis’ tempo down in its no-huddle offense.
“That wasn’t choreographed very well, if you watch the tape,” Pagano said.
Pagano said he wouldn’t ask his players to fake an injury to a slow a team’s offense down. Besides, if he did after Monday’s game, he might get in trouble. Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter to teams this week stating that there could be punishment for any team that attempts to fake an injury.
“You’ve got to play,” Pagano said. “If they go no-huddle you have to respond.”
Defending his decision
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was asked why his offense didn’t go to the 2-minute drill sooner against Tennessee.
Down 13, with almost 13 minutes left in the game, the Ravens were still huddling between plays.
“I pulled the whole offense up and said we’re going to run the 2-minute package, per se, but we’re going to huddle,” Cameron said. “I think the most important thing is when you have that much time is you have to score.”
Cameron added, “I would say, over 12 minutes, you can debate that here or there. We were running the package. We just felt like it was better to huddle, make sure our left guard, left tackle and everybody was on the same page so that we could move the ball. We did, we just didn’t finish the drive.”
Wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle), left guard Ben Grubbs (toe), cornerback Jimmy Smith and wide receiver/kick returner David Reed (shoulder) did not practice Thursday. Center Matt Birk (knee), defensive end Cory Redding (toe) and nose tackle Terrence Cody (concussion) returned to practice after missing Wednesday’s session.
By Jason Butt