Last month, there was a report that the Ravens were hoping that tight end Dennis Pitta would be able to return from his hip injury in mid-late November.
We’re a little bit past the middle of the month now and Pitta hasn’t started practicing. As Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun points out, Pitta hasn’t spoken to the media since hurting his hip in the preseason so there’s no way to know if there’s an imminent return to the practice field in the offing, but it certainly doesn’t look that way.
Starting with Sunday’s game against the Jets, the Ravens will play three games in 15 days. Their record is 4-6 right now, which makes those three games pretty crucial to the team’s chances of returning to the postseason this year. It doesn’t seem likely that Pitta will be back for those contests, which could mean the results of those games help make the final call.
If the Ravens are out of the playoff hunt, Pitta would only be returning to show that he’s healthy ahead of free agency. There’s a risk involved with that, however, and it seems less likely with every passing week that Pitta will be playing this season.