It’s been a long four months for Baltimore Ravens tight end, Dennis Pitta. The 28 year old out of BYU went under the knife for hip surgery in late July and hasn’t been able to play, or practice, at all in 2013. However, there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel for the eager veteran who was finally on the practice field on Wednesday.
Despite the long awaited return to practice, there is still question as to whether Pitta will see game action in the immediate future. Pitta will remain on the injured reserve / designated to return list for the time being while the Ravens evaluate his progress. The organization has three weeks to either return him to the active roster or otherwise put him on season-ending injury reserve.
Although there is still some question as to when Pitta will return, the Ravens are definitely hoping to bring him back into play in 2013. The Ravens play 3 games in the next 15 days, and could certainly use the extra offensive firepower as they make their run for the playoffs.
The Ravens tight ends have been struggling in 2013, and Pitta would be a huge improvement for them at the position. Pitta caught 61 passes for 699 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2012. Tight ends Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson have combined for just 9 receptions for 93 yards in the last 3 weeks.
Coming off a Superbowl year, it would be disastrous for the Ravens to not make any noise with a legitimate 2013 playoff run. Joe Flacco, and the Ravens offense, need all the help they can get, and Joe Pitta could be a big contributor if he is able to return. We’ll see in the next 3 weeks if Dennis Pitta will be able to take the field, but one thing is for sure: the Ravens need him back.