OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens' defense will see two familiar faces return to the practice field this week.
Free safety Will Hill (suspension) and nose tackle Terrence Cody (physically unable to perform list) will try to convince the Ravens they're ready to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons after an extended period of being sidelined.
Hill completed his six-game suspension, and the Ravens get a one-week exemption with Hill before having to make a roster move. The Ravens could use Hill, a former starter with the New York Giants, because Matt Elam and Darian Stewart are among the worst-rated coverage safeties in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.
After playing in the preseason for the Ravens, Hill couldn't practice during his suspension, but he did attend meetings and work out at team headquarters. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the decision on whether to play Hill on Sunday will come down to where he's at physically.
"He's been in every meeting, so he should be caught up mentally," Harbaugh said. "Being out on the field is a different perspective. We'll just have to see how he looks in practice. You've got to mix it in with how he fits, what our personnel looks like. If he can help us and is the best fit on the 46[-man active roster], then he would be."
Cody, who had hip surgery this offseason, hasn't practiced since last season. The Ravens have a three-week window on whether to add Cody to the 53-man roster or keep him on PUP, which would end his season.
After re-signing with the Ravens in free agency, Cody would provide some experienced depth behind Brandon Williams. Injuries have hit the Ravens' defensive line all season. Two defensive ends -- Brent Urban (anterior cruciate ligament) and Kapron Lewis-Moore (Achilles) -- are done for the season, and two others -- defensive end Chris Canty (infection in wrist) and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee) -- have missed games.
The Ravens are eager to see what he can do on the field after an impressive rehab.
"I've seen him do some things in there that we've never seen him do before from an athletic standpoint as far as him being healthy with his hips," Harbaugh said. "He's in great shape. People look at a 335-pound man and say 'How can he be in great shape?' Well, he is. His body fat is down around 20 percent, which is pretty darn good for a big man. He's ready to go. He's chomping at the bit."