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Thinner Cody excels for Ravens in 2nd NFL season

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2011, file phot, Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody, right, shakes hands with cornerback Cary Williams, left, before the start of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. In this second year with
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2011, file phot, Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody, right, shakes hands with cornerback Cary Williams, left, before the start of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. In this second year with the Ravens, Cody is playing as he did at Alabama instead of just talking smack about his highly regarded alma mater.
Jeff Roberson, File, Associated Press

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In this second year with the Baltimore Ravens, defensive tackle Terrence Cody is playing as he did at Alabama rather than just talking smack about his alma mater.

After helping the Crimson Tide win the 2010 national championship, Cody was drafted in the second round. He started only one game as a rookie, in part because he was too heavy and had a questionable work ethic.

During the offseason, Cody dropped 25 pounds to 335. He stepped in for veteran Kelly Gregg, who was cut in a salary-cap move, and immediately became a force in the middle of Baltimore's defensive line.

About the only drawback of his weight loss is that he might have to get a new nickname to replace "Mount Cody."

Baltimore hosts Houston on Sunday.