Dennis Pitta TE BAL 2 weeks ago
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that Pitta (hip) "has a chance" at playing in 2015, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Harbaugh acknowledged that Pitta is currently practicing, and the team is now just seeing how he holds up during those sessions before assessing his ability for the upcoming season. The Ravens drafted Maxx Williams in the second round of the NFL Draft, but adding Pitta back into the tight-end ranks would give the Ravens a needed extra weapon in the passing game after the team lost Torrey Smith in free agency.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL 3 weeks ago
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Saturday that he is still not sure what will happen with Pitta (hip), the Baltimore Sun reports.
While Pitta has reportedly made progress in his rehab from a career-threatening hip injury, Baltimore's decision to select TE Maxx Williams in the second round indicates that the team isn't counting on Pitta's availability. The Ravens also selected TE Nick Boyle out of Delaware in the fifth round, and they used a third-round pick on TE Crockett Gillmore last year. Pitta's health situation probably won't be resolved anytime soon, and even if he ends up playing again, he'll be at added risk of reinjuring his problematic hip.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL 1 month ago
Pitta (hip) has been able to participate in the Ravens' voluntary conditioning program, which started Monday, the Baltimore Sun reports.
That said, it remains to be seen if Pitta, whose 2014 season ended with a major hip injury, will be able to play this season and it probably won't be until sometime this summer that there will be added clarity on that front.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL 2 months ago
The Ravens probably won't know more about Pitta's (hip) status until this summer, baltimoreravens.com reports.
Pitta is hoping to return from his second hip dislocation in two years, and while both he and the team have thus far expressed optimism, it's no secret that Pitta may not play again. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti recently suggested that Crockett Gillmore could be the team's primary in-line tight end, adding that he hopes the Ravens can find another move/flex tight end in the middle rounds of the draft. That actually makes a lot of sense, as the Ravens just gave Pitta a five-year contract last offseason, but it's now clear the team needs some form of insurance.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL 4 months ago2 Comments
Ravens coach John Harbaugh is "cautiously optimistic" that Pitta (hip) will be able to play in 2015.
Based on Harbaugh's words over the past few months, it sounds as if everything has gone as well as possible for Pitta, who dislocated his right hip for a second consecutive season. Of course, the optimism shouldn't be mistaken for certainty, as there is still some chance that the injury forces Pitta into retirement. It's also believed that the tight end will be at greater risk of re-injuring his hip for a third time, if he continues his playing career. The Ravens certainly want Pitta back, after signing him to a five-year contract that runs through 2018 and includes $16 million in guaranteed money. 2015 would be his sixth NFL season, but Pitta will already be 30 years old by the time training camp starts.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL 6 months ago
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Pitta (hip) will likely be able to play again, assuming the tight end's hip fully heals, the Ravens' official website reports. "Everything I've been told...and I've got to be honest, it was surprising to me because my assumption would be, Wow, this is twice in a row. This is going to be tough,'" Harbaugh said. "But they say it has no bearing on the future. If it heals 100 percent, Dennis can play again.
After Pitta dislocated his right hip for a second consecutive season, there was some concern that he'd never be able to play again, even if he made a full recovery. It sounds like his doctors now believe the hip is structurally okay, making Pitta a candidate to be ready for training camp 2015. The tight end is worth holding on to in some dynasty leagues, as he's seen no shortage of targets when healthy over the past three years.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL 6 months ago3 Comments
Pitta (hip) began walking without crutches Monday, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website reports.
Pitta is out for the rest of this season, as the real question is whether he'll ever be able to play again. He dislocated the same hip in consecutive seasons, and it's uncertain whether the hip will be able to hold up in the future. As one of Joe Flacco's favorite targets when healthy, Pitta still holds some appeal in dynasty leagues, due in part to the current lack of appealing fantasy options at tight end.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL 7 months ago3 Comments
Pitta (hip) said Monday that doctors are not yet sure whether he'll be able to play again, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Following a second hip dislocation in two years, Pitta is headed for a lengthy rehabilitation process that won't necessary allow him to play again. Doctors still need to see how the hip heals to determine whether it might hold up through the rigors of the NFL. If he's able to play again, Pitta will likely carry added injury risk.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL 8 months ago
Pitta (hip) implied that he isn't yet sure whether his injury might be career-ending, WBAL 1090 reports. "I'm going to do everything I can in my rehab in trying to get better to get back on the field," Pitta said. "That's how I'm going to approach it and try to get back to full strength. When we get to that point, we'll see where I'm at and be able to make those decisions. Right now for me, it's just focus on getting healthy and getting back to where I need to be."
A second hip dislocation in two years has led to speculation that Pitta may not play again. According to an earlier report from The Baltimore Sun, Pitta will carry added risk of suffering a third dislocation if he makes it back to the field next season. He's facing a long rehab process and won't have to make a decision anytime soon.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL 8 months ago2 Comments
Pitta (hip) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Tuesday's move was primarily procedural, as Pitta was ruled out for the season a day earlier. Phillip Supernaw was promoted from the practice squad to take Pitta's place on the roster.