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John Harbaugh: If Dennis Pitta can play, he will

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The dust has settled after Week 13 and the Ravens control their own playoff destiny.

Should Baltimore win out, the worst they’ll be is a Wild Card team in the AFC and a remaining game against the Bengals means that the AFC North title isn’t out of reach yet. It won’t be easy as they close with trips to Detroit and Cincinnati sandwiched around a visit from New England. The Ravens have a little more than a week to decide whether or not tight end Dennis Pitta will be part of that effort.

Pitta must be moved to the active roster by December 11 or he’ll revert to injured reserve for the rest of the season because of the hip injury that’s kept him out that long. Coach John Harbaugh said that Pitta has been moving around well at practice, but that there’s still been no firm decision about bringing him onto the 53-man roster.

“We’ll go through this week and see how he does,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “If he can play, he will. We want to get him up. That’s our goal. It’s not 100 percent certain at this point.”

The Ravens must make a call about Pitta by Saturday afternoon if they want to have him active for the Vikings.

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10 Responses to “John Harbaugh: If Dennis Pitta can play, he will”
  1. ravenswhat says: Dec 3, 2013 7:16 AM

    If they still don’t think he’s 100% I doubt he’s playing at this point. Hip injuries are just no joke.

  2. guitarkevin says: Dec 3, 2013 8:52 AM

    It would be nice to have him active, but not necessary that he play this week.

  3. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 9:45 AM

    Vikes, Lions, NE, CIN. 1-3 at best, likely 0-4.

  4. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 10:30 AM

    Why in the world would you activate him and take up a roster spot. There’s only 4 weeks left, and you still have the same QB throwing to him. Seems pointless to activate him.

  5. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 3, 2013 12:01 PM

    Activate him! Now that we’re done with the Steelers, running a screen pass down the sidelines just got a lot safer.

  6. siggtacular says: Dec 3, 2013 1:24 PM

    Pitta super bowl tight end

  7. watermelon1 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:35 PM

    Great. Now flacco can lock into one guy and 3 and outs can happen at an even faster rate!

  8. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 3, 2013 2:36 PM

    Without Pitta, the Flaccos will choke away that playoff spot to the Dolphins, finishing 1-3 down the stretch.

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 3, 2013 3:10 PM

    We almost agree on something genoatkinsdiet, just switch “Dolphins” with “Steelers” and you got it right. After the Steelers beat Mia this weekend, they’ll have the same record with Steelers owning head-to-head.

    Add in the fact that the last three games are against inferior teams in Cin, GB, and Browns, I smell a run and division title.

  10. jacktheraven says: Dec 3, 2013 6:22 PM

    Why the hate toward Joe? I’m just happy to see a story that’s not about Tomlin. Joe played a great game last Thursday, outplaying Ben, and winning the game.

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