On July 28, Ravens coach John Harbaugh addressed the severity of the hip injury suffered by tight end Dennis Pitta by saying “Dennis is out for the year.”
The Ravens subsequently learned that Pitta suffered no cartilage or ligament damage to the hip when he fractured and dislocated it. That information has led to a change in Harbaugh’s stance regarding Harbaugh’s availability. He was asked Tuesday why Pitta hasn’t been placed on injured reserve and said it was because the team still had hope that Pitta could see the field in 2013.
“It’s not procedural,” Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “As far as coming back? When we saw there was no ligament or structural damage in there, it gave us hope.”
In his Monday Morning Quarterback column on TheMMQB.com, Peter King quoted an unnamed member of the Ravens coaching staff who said “it’s not zero” when asked about the chances of a Pitta return so they are definitely willing to keep the light on for the tight end. Given the flicker of hope, there’s not much reason for the Ravens to make a final call on Pitta now when he can’t be placed on injured reserve with the possibility of return until the cut to 53 players.
It’s probably a long shot, but patience paid off for the Ravens with Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis last season.