Gradkowski-Cody tussle part of testy practice

Gradkowski-Cody tussle part of testy practice
July 27, 2013, 6:30 pm
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How are the Ravens jelling with so many changes?

Saturday’s practice was the testiest session of training camp so far.

Center Gino Gradkowski and defensive tackle Terrence Cody got into a shoving match that escalated into a wrestling match about a minute later. It took a group of Ravens to pull them apart.

Gradkowski chalked it up to training camp competition. Gradkowski is fighting to be the starting center, while Cody could be fighting for a roster spot, considering how deep the Ravens are up front.

"I’ve been doing this 41 years, and I’ve seen about 85 of them (camp scuffles),” said defensive coordinator Dean Pees. “That’s part of football. Guys are fighting for position. It’s not like the 53-man squad’s already been made.”

Gradkowski was smiling after practice, saying that he and Cody were friends off the field.

“We did a good job competing,” Gradkowski. “You go against each other so many times in a row, things are going to flare up. I think it’s good, as long as nobody gets hurt. Tempers are going to flare.”

Gradkowski is competing with A. Q. Shipley to be the starting center. Asked how badly he wanted to win the job, Gradkowski said, “It’s the most important thing right now in my life. This is the biggest opportunity that I’ve had so far. I’m really excited about it. I really want to be the starting center.”