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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Coach John Harbaugh confirmed that Pitta underwent hip surgery and is out for season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

With Pitta out of the Ravens' tight end mix, veteran Owen Daniels is in line to see added responsibilities in the Ravens' passing offense, while rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore and fullback Kyle Juszczyk (who can also play TE) are candidates to see added opportunities going forward, as well.

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Pitta is slated to undergo surgery to repair damage in his right hip, which he dislocated Sunday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The report adds that Pitta -- who dislocated his right hip last season as well -- also likely suffered a fracture Sunday, a situation that could well end his season, and possibly jeopardize his career. In Pitta's absence, look for veteran Owen Daniels to see added responsibilities in the Ravens' offense, with rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore and fullback Kyle Juszczyk (who can play TE) also candidates to see added looks going forward.

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Pitta (hip) suffered a dislocated hip and will remain in the hospital overnight, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Pitta suffered the injury during Sunday's game and was carted off the field in the second quarter. It's the second time he's dislocated the hip, which could further extend his absence. "A second fracture and dislocation to the same hip is relatively rare," said an orthopedic surgical specialist cited in the Baltimore Sun's report. "This is a significant trauma. It's very concerning. It doesn't bode well for his career. Even to do this one time is unusual, but twice is very bad." The Ravens have not provided a prognosis at this point, but Pitta will surely miss multiple weeks, and it's possible the injury could end his season. He'll undergo an MRI this week to determine if any ligaments are damaged, in addition to the dislocation. Pitta ranks second on the team in receiving this season, catching 16 passes for 125 yards.

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Though an initial examination revealed no fracture, the Ravens still fear that Pitta suffered a fracture in his right hip during Sunday's game, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Pitta, who suffered a fracture and dislocation in the same hip during training camp last year, has already been diagnosed with another dislocation. He's likely looking at a mult-week absence, but while a fracture would presumably end his season, a dislocation alone might allow him to return before the end of the year. Owen Daniels is positioned to take over as the top tight end, with rookie Crockett Gilmore next up on the depth chart.