Decision on Dennis Pitta playing has to come this week

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If tight end Dennis Pitta is going to play this season, we’ll find out this week.

Pitta has been practicing with the Ravens for the last two weeks after opening the season on the physically unable to prepare list because of last year’s dislocated hip, which means that he needs to be activated on Wednesday or shut down for the remainder of the year. Pitta suffered the same injury in 2013, so he’s played just seven games in the last two years and there’s been much doubt about whether he’ll be able to resume his playing career.

When Pitta started practicing, he said he felt that if he couldn’t play this year then he probably can’t return to the field at all. Coach John Harbaugh didn’t give much of a hint about which way things will go on Monday, but did say that Pitta has looked good in practice.

“He did look good in practice,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website. “We had a tough time covering him. He was doing stuff from the look team and made a bunch of plays out there and just kind of looked like his old self out there.”

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Pitta will meet with doctors on Tuesday. The Ravens could use all the help they can find in the receiving corps, although that need should be well behind Pitta’s health when it comes time to make the ultimate call.

10 responses to “Decision on Dennis Pitta playing has to come this week

  1. “[Pitta] did look good in practice…We had a tough time covering him.”

    Considering the state of the Ravens’ secondary, that ain’t saying much.

  2. Pats fan so not many teams I hate more than the Ravens but if you don’t feel bad for pitta you aren’t a fan of football. This guy was always a competitor and it would be a shame to see this end his career

  3. Let’s not forget.. Before pitta broke down, he was a pretty darn good player and a vital part to the 2012 championship. He has a great rapport with Flacco and is not a TE that can be handled by any linebacker or really any safety 1 on 1. With that said, health first

  4. Just think about life after football, retire while you don’t need a cane or wheelchair.

  5. He was one of the best pass catching tight ends, but geez, he re-dislocated his hip untouched in practice. He better be 100% sure that thing is solid before taking big hits or being dragged down by the legs by NFL linebackers.

  6. If he somehow plays, the Ravens will actually be loaded with pass catching TEs:
    4 wide with Pitta, Gillmore Boyle and Williams could create some mismatches…

  7. Not worth the risk of getting hurt again. Still a man with many non-football years left ahead of him.

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