Baltimore Ravens: Time Winding Down on Dennis Pitta to Return

By Jermaine Lockett
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The Baltimore Ravens are now in a race to secure the AFC Wild Card spot, and in order to do so they will need their best players healthy and on the field for the upcoming stretch.  One of the players that has truly been missed is tight end Dennis Pitta.

The production at the TE position has been par at best, and the Ravens’ offense has sputtered along because of the lack of production from Ed Dickson and so-so performances by Dallas Clark.  While the two have picked it up a bit as of late, there is still a void in the middle of the field where the BYU product should be.  In fact, I believe the reason for them stepping up their performance lately is because they know one of them may see less playing time or may even be cut with Pitta’s return to the field from his hip injury.  With that said, it is still uncertain if the Ravens will activate Pitta from IR and onto the 53-man roster.

Although he has been practicing for the last two weeks, no definite word has come from John Harbaugh as to the status of Pitta.  Harbaugh did his usual verbal “tap-dance” for reporters finding his way around the question with no absolute answer.  According to the team’s website, Harbaugh said:

“If he can play, he will. We want to get him up. That’s our goal. But it’s not 100 percent certain at this point.”

So it appears we will just have to wait, Ravens nation.  The team has until 4 p.m. Saturday to activate him for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, and they have until December 11 to activate him or shelve him permanently for the season.  We all want him back to help the offense, but the Ravens are being extra careful with Flacco’s security blanket.  Hopefully we will hear the good news on Saturday and see Pitta suit up on Sunday.  It would be a good warm-up game against the 30th ranked Pass-defense in the league.

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