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Ravens cut Terrence Cody amid animal cruelty investigation

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The Ravens don't want another player in trouble with the law on their roster as they hit the NFL offseason.

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The Baltimore Ravens announced Friday that nose tackle Terrence Cody had been released, which comes two months before Cody was already set to hit NFL free agency.

Cody, a former 2010 second-round pick who was expected to be the team's long-term nose tackle, never panned out with the Ravens. Cody opened this year on PUP after undergoing hip surgery, and only played one game this season after being activated.

It seemed a bit odd that Baltimore was releasing him two months before he was set to hit the open market, until reports surfaced Cody was under investigation for animal cruelty, per The Baltimore Sun.

Cody is under investigation for animal cruelty, and the case is being discussed with the Baltimore County State's attorney's office, said Elise Armacost, the director of communications for Baltimore County police.

Cody hasn't been charged with a crime. According to sources, the case involves a dog. The Ravens are aware of the investigation.

Cody, an All-SEC player at Alabama, had just 15 tackles in 12 games in 2013 with one start. He's only 26, but what this investigation unearths will affect whether another NFL team will want to give him another chance. Cody might be a better fit as a 4-3 nose tackle after failing in Baltimore's 3-4 scheme.