The Baltimore Ravens need more offensive production and they need it in a hurry. The defending Super Bowl champs are reeling in 2013 and they no doubt need a win at home in week 10 over the Cincinnati Bengals. One thing that’s been killing the Ravens all season long is obviously the lack of playmakers on offense. They were counting on Dennis Pitta in a big way in 2013, but the tight end was taken out over the summer with a dislocated hip.
Initial reports had Pitta missing the entire season, but the team held out some hope by placing him on the IR/designated to return list. Now it appears the tight end will indeed return in 2013. Here’s what Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh had to say on the TE:
“Everything I’ve been told is that he’s on schedule. But I still think it’s pretty vague and generic. We’re getting close to that date. I’m interested to hear when he can start practicing again. I’ve been asking that question. I haven’t gotten a ‘yes’ yet. But he’s closer than ever. I have my fingers crossed just like everybody else does.”
This is encouraging news for Ravens’ fans, but it seems like Pitta is still several weeks about from making his return. If he’s not back at practice, you’d have to think he’s still at least two to three weeks out from a return to the gridiron.
Dallas Clark has done a decent job of filling in for Pitta, but he’s clearly not the player he once was. However, the combo of Clark and Pitta will be a solid one for quarterback Joe Flacco if they ever take the field together this season.