Monday February 2nd, 2015

Former Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody was indicted on animal cruelty charges on Monday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Zrebiec reports Cody was released after posting the $10,000 bail.

Last month, the Ravens announced they would terminate his contract after the Super Bowl, and they officially released him on Monday.

Cody's agent, Peter Schaffer, said that Cody's dog died from worms. Last month, he told the Sun's Aaron Wilson there is no validity to the animal cruelty charges, but he understands why the Ravens released Cody.

"The fact that the NFL has created such an atmosphere of hysteria that tramples on due process rights, the right of law and common decency is a tremendous problem in our league and our society," Schaffer said.

Cody, 26, was a second-round pick out of Alabama by the Ravens in 2010 and was a member of the Super Bowl winning team in 2013. 

After starting all 16 games in 2012, weight problems and hip injuries limited him during the past three seasons. He had offseason surgery on his hip before this season and played in just one game. In five seasons with the Ravens, Cody had 87 tackles and zero sacks while playing in 57 games.

Without Cody this season, the Ravens finished 10-6. They beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card Round before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the divisional playoffs.

- Paul Palladino

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