Report: Doctors advise Dennis Pitta not to play


The Ravens have until Wednesday afternoon to make a decision about adding tight end Dennis Pitta to the active roster or end his chances of playing in 2015, which meant that Pitta spent some time huddling with doctors this week about whether he could resume his playing career after dislocating his hip twice in the last two seasons.

Jamison Hensley of reports that those doctors are advising Pitta not to play “because it isn’t safe” for him to put his hip through the rigors of the game. Pitta has been practicing with the Ravens for a few weeks, although he’s been in a non-contact jersey and would obviously have to expose his hip to hits if he does make a full return.

Hensley adds that Pitta could decide to ignore the medical advice and push on with his comeback effort. When he began practicing with the team last month, Pitta said he understood the risks “quite well” and that he knew that not getting back this year would make it highly unlikely that he’d ever make it back to game action.

A move to activate Pitta, who has 138 catches for 1,369 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career, must be made by 4 p.m. ET.

13 responses to “Report: Doctors advise Dennis Pitta not to play

  1. Not a surprise. Retire now, you will find out later how young 30 is, how many years you have, and how important it is to have your heath for those years. Another few games aren’t going to make you feel materially better or alter your football career.

  2. I work with a guy who has really bad arthritis from an old hip injury. He is in his 50’s and walks with a cane and a noticeable limp. Sorry but another few years of football (thats the most he will get) is not worth being crippled the rest of your life.

  3. He is an idiot if he plays. Collect what you can for the rest of the year then retire.

  4. The Baltimore Sun just reported that Pitta has decided not to try to play this year.

    Smart thing for Pitta. You have to listen to the docs…..if it’s not safe to play, then it’s not safe. Why risk crippling yourself for the rest of your life when you’re only 31 and have a young family? Thanks to Ozzie he should be set financially. Go into coaching.

    He’s smarter than Wes Welker. I was stunned when I heard that Wes signed with the Rams. 6 and possibly as many as 10 concussions in his career? I’ll cringe every time I see go over the middle for a pass

  5. I wouldnt play if I was him, he got his payday, and made it known that he’s a ball player. Has a great family, and can do what he wants. That being said, I’m sure he didnt get to where he is by not having a competitive side, and I’m sure he doesnt want to go out like this.

  6. Pitta thanks for the Superbowl Win!! You were a huge part of that offense and great target for Joe. Good luck in retirement and hope you stick around with the Ravens in some capacity!!

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