QDennis PittaTE BAL (8) 10 hours ago
Pitta (hip) is not on the PUP list for the start of training camp, the Ravens' official site reports.
Pitta hasn't played in a game since September 2014, when he suffered a fractured and dislocated right hip for the second time in two years. Retirement was a real possibility at one point, but Pitta reportedly looked good during the Ravens' offseason program. Now 30 years old and still carrying significant risk of re-injury, Pitta will need to compete for a role on a team that also has Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams at tight end.
QDennis PittaTE BAL (8) 1 month ago
Pitta (hip) was one of the Ravens' more active offensive players during the offseason program, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Attempting to bounce back from a second dislocation of his right hip, the 30-year-old Pitta apparently looked good at OTAs and minicamp. He was once a leading target for close friend Joe Flacco, but even if Pitta proves to be much the same as he once was, the Ravens have a ton of competition for snaps at tight end, with Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) and Maxx Williams also in the mix. Pitta hasn't played in a game since Sept. 2014, and he will always be at added risk for suffering another severe hip injury, which would almost certainly spell the end of his career. He already considered retiring, but instead decided to give it one last shot after sitting out the entire 2015 season.
QDennis PittaTE BAL (8) 2 months ago
Pitta (hip) had a strong showing at OTAs on Thursday, Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun reports. "To be honest, I feel really good physically out there. I haven't played football for awhile, so there are things that I'm getting back used to...I feel like I'm running like I want to, and used to, so that's very encouraging," said Pitta.
Pitta's return to practice after missing all of last season due to a serious hip injury is a step in the right direction for the veteran tight end, but OTAs are nowhere near as physical as what he'll be up against when the Ravens begin training camp in July. As such, Pitta's progress should likely be taken with a grain of salt at this point because until he's able to make it through full contact practices, it will be difficult to determine how his hip will hold up. If Pitta is able to return to form this season, he'll be another weapon at the tight end position for Joe Flacco, who already has the likes of Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore, and Maxx Williams at his disposal.
QDennis PittaTE BAL (8) 2 months ago
Pitta (hip) will participate in OTAs and hopes to be available for Week 1, the Ravens' official website reports.
Pitta hasn't played in an NFL game since Sept. 21, 2014 when he dislocated his right hip for the second time in two years. He'll be at additional risk of suffering the same injury a third time, but he's already acknowledged that he'll likely need a hip replacement at some point in his life, regardless of whether he keeps playing football. It will be interesting to see where Pitta fits in at OTAs and training camp, as he was the Ravens' top tight end from 2012 through the first few weeks of 2014. The team has since added 2014 third-rounder Crockett Gillmore, 2015 second-rounder Maxx Williams and recent free-agent acquisition Ben Watson. Given that Gillmore and Watson are both superior blockers, Pitta will likely just compete for a slot/move role on passing downs. The Ravens might consider trading either Gillmore or Williams.
QDennis PittaTE BAL (8) 3 months ago
Pitta, who missed all of the 2015 season while recovering from a fractured and dislocated hip, is reportedly eyeing a return to the field this coming season.
Pitta, who turns 31 in June, hasn't confirmed the report, but more should be known with regard to his situation once the Ravens' offseason program opens next week. If Pitta does indeed re-enter the mix, he'd join a fairly crowded Baltimore tight end corps that also includes newcomer Benjamin Watson, as well as Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams and perhaps converted wideout Darren Waller. In his last full season with the Ravens, Pitta caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven TDs in 2012.
QDennis PittaTE BAL (8) 7 months ago
Pitta (hip) acknowledged that he has begun to think about life after football, but he also said that he still has a desire to play, the Ravens' official website reports.
Pitta missed the entire 2015 season after dislocating his left hip in both 2013 and 2014. He practiced for a few weeks in late October and early November, but doctors ultimately recommended that he sit out the entire season. If he were to resume his career, Pitta would be at increased risk of suffering additional hip injuries, which could lead to serious health problems later in life. Also, the Ravens no longer have need of a tight end, as second-year pro Crockett Gillmore and rookie Maxx Williams appear to have the team in good hands at the position. Pitta will give it another shot in a few months, but it won't be surprising if he ultimately shifts his focus to either coaching or a non-football career.
QDennis PittaTE BAL (8) 8 months ago
Pitta (hip) will not play this season, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Pitta attempted to play this season after recovering from hip surgery, but doctors have advised him it is not safe to play at this time, so the Ravens will shut him down and place him on season-ending injured reserve. Pitta wants to continue playing, so he will continue working out with an eye toward doing so in 2016.
QDennis PittaTE BAL (8) 9 months ago
Pitta (hip) will practice Wednesday for the first time this season.
Pitta is eligible to return to action this week after opening the season on the PUP list. It's not clear how involved Pitta will be Wednesday, but the Ravens will provide an update on his status after their practice session concludes.
QDennis PittaTE BAL (8) 11 months ago
Pitta (hip) was placed on the regular-season PUP list Tuesday.
As expected, Pitta will be ineligible for the first six games of the season. He's still rehabbing from a second major hip surgery in two years, and he may eventually opt for retirement. Even if he's cleared to play, Pitta will have a tough decision to make, as the Ravens have suggested multiple times that he'll have an elevated risk for future hip injuries. Having already cashed in with a big contract last offseason, he may opt for the path that's best for his long-term health. Furthermore, Pitta could have other career options with the Ravens, as he's popular within the organization and close friends with the starting quarterback.
QDennis PittaTE BAL (8) 1 year ago2 Comments
The Baltimore Ravens placed tight end Dennis Pita on the physically unable to perform list Friday because of a hip injury, according to ESPN. Pitta is not expected to be active in training camp or the preseason, and he could miss the start of the regular season as a result of the ailment.