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Dennis Pitta resumes practicing

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On Wednesday morning, we pointed out that Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta hadn’t started practicing yet for the Ravens and wondered whether he’d make it back from a dislocated hip this season.

It didn’t take long for an answer. The Ravens announced that Pitta was returning to practice on Wednesday, opening a three-week window for the team to evaluate his condition and decide if he’ll be activated from injured reserve.

“It feels awesome to be able to get back and be in meetings with the guys and be able to hit the field a little bit,” Pitta said, via the team’s website. “I feel great. I’m going to take it slow though and make sure I can integrate myself back in, and I’m feeling good.”

Neither Harbaugh nor Pitta speculated about when Pitta might be ready to play in a game, although the prospect of putting him back into the passing game has to be an appealing one as the Ravens try to get themselves into playoff position in the final weeks of the season.

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23 Responses to “Dennis Pitta resumes practicing”
  1. psuorioles says: Nov 20, 2013 2:58 PM

    This was a huge loss for the Ravens this year… hopefully he comes back healthy and resigns with the Ravens in the offseason.

  2. grabgrabgrab says: Nov 20, 2013 2:59 PM

    Huge news for the Ravens organization. But it may possibly be too much too little, and mostly, too late.

  3. beavertonsteve says: Nov 20, 2013 3:00 PM

    With all of the other big injuries out there I forgot he wasn’t out for the season. I’m sure Flacco hopes he’s back before it doesn’t matter.

  4. flash1283 says: Nov 20, 2013 3:02 PM

    Uh oh, look out! Jump Ball Joe may get someone back that can bail him out!

  5. haterade999 says: Nov 20, 2013 3:04 PM

    The Ravens didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs last year and we all know what happened.

    This year is worse and yet they are still in the thick of it.

  6. nathanielflor says: Nov 20, 2013 3:05 PM

    @psuorioles his resignation would be most welcome.

  7. ravensrooster94 says: Nov 20, 2013 3:06 PM

    Good news for the Ravens, although it may be too late to salvage this season’s passing game. But before my fellow Ravens fans get too excited, I would hope the Ravens error on the side of caution.

    So if the Ravens defnitively fall out of contention before he’s ready to play I’d leave him on the I.R. list and let him continue to heal over the off season.

  8. baltimoresnativeson says: Nov 20, 2013 3:09 PM

    They are targeting the Thanksgiving Steeler game. That was the goal all along.

  9. haterade999 says: Nov 20, 2013 3:16 PM

    He will want to play if the trainers allow him simply because he is a free agent.

    It’s their choice. Not the fans.

  10. southpaw2k says: Nov 20, 2013 3:22 PM

    haterade999 says:
    Nov 20, 2013 3:04 PM
    The Ravens didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs last year and we all know what happened.

    This year is worse and yet they are still in the thick of it.

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    What in the…?

    Just exactly who are you to decide whether the Ravens “deserved” to be in the playoffs last year?

    I guess you either don’t remember or don’t choose to remember the small fact that at one point they were 9-2 and had already clinched a playoff spot before they had lost three straight games in December.

    I’d really love to hear your “rational” explanation over why the Ravens didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs last year.

  11. watermelon1 says: Nov 20, 2013 3:22 PM

    So let’s say pitta comes back… And the ravens offense still sucks.

    Then what’s the excuse for flacco? Seems like there’s always a built in excuse. “Oh well pitta was rusty so he isn’t in game shape”. Okay… So by the 5th game back, then what? Oh well flacco blew his arm out overthrowing and under throwing all his receivers?

  12. ravenswhat says: Nov 20, 2013 3:28 PM

    It’s pretty funny how much hate the Ravens and flacco especially get. Flacco is a classy guy so I don’t get thehate for him. There are plenty of avg QB’s that make tons of money that don’t get the hate. Difference is, those QB’s don’t get to the playoffs like Joe does.

    Denver fans, I’m sorry you choked, Get over it.

  13. cfeeley52 says: Nov 20, 2013 3:39 PM

    Enough with the Flacco bashing, you haters are so upset he won a superbowl you just can’t get over it! Let me ask you this, who is his replacement? The league is starved for qbs who can show up and win big games. Flacco might not have the best stats week to week, but when it really matters he knows how to win games. Even his most biased haters can’t deny he shows up in the clutch. Talk all the trash you want, he still has a ring, mvp honors, and isn’t going anywhere…

  14. edisbetterthantroy says: Nov 20, 2013 3:41 PM

    It’s amazing how many people are obsessed with Joe Flacco and the Ravens! Or obsessed with seeing them fail. It’s as if their happiness is contingent on their success or lack there of.

    Get a life folks…

  15. coachjohnharbaugh says: Nov 20, 2013 3:44 PM

    we are coming for the 6th seed & no one is stopping us. we will make noise.

    #theteamyoudontwanttosee

  16. haterade999 says: Nov 20, 2013 3:48 PM

    I’d really love to hear your “rational” explanation over why the Ravens didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs last year.

    ___________________

    First off, I’m a diehard Ravens fan but they played just flat out awful at the onset of injury last year. Yes, they were 9-2 at one point. But, once things turned heavy everything went to hell.

    You could easily say that if 4th and 29 doesn’t happen, the Ravens fall out of the playoffs last year. You could easily say that if Cam doesn’t get fired, nothing changes and the Ravens don’t make the playoffs last year.

    You could easily say that if Dallas makes that field goal in OT, the Ravens don’t make the playoffs last year. There’s a lot of luck involved with what happened last season and if you were watching you would know that.

    Ravens fans had about given up last year when 4th and 29 saved us. That’s my explanation. They played like garbage a few weeks and things looked very bleak. They were “a playoff team on paper”.

    Half of PFT talks smack about the Ravens and Flacco like they know something us Ravens fans don’t. We know something you don’t though, and that is that the Ravens had a lot of things fall their way last year in what was the best playoff run we will ever experience as fans.

    Forgive my sarcasm in my original comment. I’m a fan with an opinion just like half the morons on this site.

  17. southpaw2k says: Nov 20, 2013 4:14 PM

    haterade999 says:
    Nov 20, 2013 3:48 PM
    I’d really love to hear your “rational” explanation over why the Ravens didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs last year.

    ___________________

    First off, I’m a diehard Ravens fan but they played just flat out awful at the onset of injury last year. Yes, they were 9-2 at one point. But, once things turned heavy everything went to hell.

    You could easily say that if 4th and 29 doesn’t happen, the Ravens fall out of the playoffs last year. You could easily say that if Cam doesn’t get fired, nothing changes and the Ravens don’t make the playoffs last year.

    You could easily say that if Dallas makes that field goal in OT, the Ravens don’t make the playoffs last year. There’s a lot of luck involved with what happened last season and if you were watching you would know that.

    Ravens fans had about given up last year when 4th and 29 saved us. That’s my explanation. They played like garbage a few weeks and things looked very bleak. They were “a playoff team on paper”.

    Half of PFT talks smack about the Ravens and Flacco like they know something us Ravens fans don’t. We know something you don’t though, and that is that the Ravens had a lot of things fall their way last year in what was the best playoff run we will ever experience as fans.

    Forgive my sarcasm in my original comment. I’m a fan with an opinion just like half the morons on this site.

    ————————————————-

    Fellow Ravens fan here.

    I simply do not understand why folks on here lobby on the Ravens for being Super Bowl champ “phonies,” based upon the fact that they didn’t steam roll their way through the regular season. Or they cite fluky plays that just happened to go the Ravens’ way, like 4th and 29 in San Diego, or Rahim Moore blowing his coverage in the playoff game in Denver.

    How about the 2010 Packers, who had to win their final two games of the regular season just to get the #6 seed in the playoffs, and then win 3 playoff games in the row leading up to the Super Bowl?

    How about the 2007 Giants, who needed Eli to avoid being sacked about 5 times on a single play plus throw a miracle bomb down the field to David Tyree to prevent the Patriots from going 19-0?

    How about the 2005 Steelers, who pretty much had to go through the exact same process as the aforementioned Packers?

    How about the 2001 Patriots, who started out the season 0-2, had some schlub named Tom Brady come in for an injured Drew Bledsoe, and needed Adam Vinatieri to kick two miracle field goals in a snowstorm against Oakland to even get to the AFC Championship Game?

    My point is that Super Bowl champions almost never steam roll their way through the regular season. The 2012 Ravens just happen to be the latest example of that. Nobody seems to care; they just look at Flacco’s contract and say the Ravens blew it.

  18. cfeeley52 says: Nov 20, 2013 4:31 PM

    @haterade
    Your sarcasm is NOT forgiven. Ravens fans had given up before 4th & 29 saved us? We were 8-2 going into san diego, who the heck had given up at that point? The worst our record looked was 9-5 going into week 16. Again, who the heck had given up at that point? We never fell out of the playoff race at any point last season. Pretty sure your speaking for yourself when you say ravens fans gave up. Don’t speak on behalf of our fan base and take your fair weather loyalties to a different team…

  19. baltimoresnativeson says: Nov 20, 2013 4:39 PM

    If the ravens sneak in to the playoffs at the 6th seed they might possibly have to go to Denver again. Sending megahead packing 2 years in a row after getting blown out by him during the regular season 2 years in a row would just be too sweet.

  20. restonraven says: Nov 20, 2013 4:52 PM

    I always chuckle a little when I hear Steeler fans speak of lucky and fluke plays (hello -immaculate reception? incompletion?). Setting aside Tuck Rule, Tyree helmet pins and many other instances of lucky and fluke plays/occur that occur for SB teams – let’s just focus on the Steelers:

    IF one Arizona Cardinal had happened to push James Harrison out of bounds on his 99yd TD return at the end of the first half – Arizona wins the Super Bowl XLIII

    IF the referees had even remotely called an even handed game – The Seahawks would have beaten the Steelers in the Super Bowl XL after Hasselbeck kicked their butt all over the field. The only Super Bowl in NFL History where the head referee admitted after the game the he “blew calls that impacted the game.”

    Lets keep going back in time to the Carter, Ford & Nixon Administrations (when I was in pre-school, but have seen the NFL Film recaps):

    IF the referees correctly call a legitimate Dan Pastorini to Mike Renfro TD pass (he was in bounds) the Oilers and not the Steelers win the 1980 AFC Championship and play the Rams in the Super Bowl.

    IF Jackie Smith holds on to a perfect spiral from Staubach, or the referees don’t call a bogus PI call on Benny Barnes after Swann trips on his own – The Cowboys win Super Bowl XIII. Oh what the heck – let’s also throw in the “jump ball” Swann hauls in at the back of the endzone over Cliff Harris & Barnes.

    IF Swann does not haul in another 2 Bradshaw “jump balls” over Dallas CB Mark Washington the Cowboys win Super Bowl X. Two of the best catches in SB History BTW.

    SO –applying Steeler poster logic of “jump balls” (instead of great WR plays), lucky fluke plays and bad officiating – You can wipe 5 of the Steelers Super Bowls off as “flukes.”

    “IF” is a stupid game to play, but then again these are the same fans that think fries and slaw on a ham & cheese sandwich is somehow the apex of culinary innovation. They don’t call Pittsburgh the “Paris of Appalachia” for nothing.

    I have nothing but respect for the Steelers organization – congrats on their titles – but some of their fans need to get a grip. Just like the Steelers, The Ravens earned their Super Bowl by their big time playmakers capitalizing on the opportunity the opposition gave them. Their opposition tackled poorly and blew coverage – and they took advantage. That is what good players do in those situations. There is nothing “fluke” about it. Do have a good day. Peace.

  21. cornerstone2001 says: Nov 20, 2013 5:17 PM

    payback for the Ravens this after having the refs give them a Super Bowl win

  22. natijim235 says: Nov 20, 2013 9:27 PM

    hope he’s back for the last game of year and the bengals can put him back on IR

  23. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 21, 2013 12:29 AM

    It’ll be entertaining to have Pitta back, so there’ll be one less excuse for Flacco and we can still watch him stink up the joint. Good times ahead!

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