Jan 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is interviewed during media day in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens likely to place Dennis Pitta on IR with designation to return

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The Baltimore Ravens lost Joe Flacco’s favorite redzone target when tight end Dennis Pitta went down with a dislocated and fractured hip, but there is finally some optimism. While it initially looked like Pitta would be gone for the season, the Ravens are now seeing progress from Pitta and there is a belief that the team could place him on the injured reserve list with the designation for return.

The Ravens have until Tuesday to make the decision, but it is looking good.

“I think early next week we have to make that decision,” head coach John Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I would say things are progressing favorably toward that. He’s doing a really good job. I saw him today. He spent some time with [team owner] Steve Bisciotti today, too.

“He’s working really hard. He’s had no setbacks, and there’s optimism.”

Getting Pitta back for the home stretch of the season would be a big boost to the Ravens and their offense, so they will need to hope that he is able to keep getting healthier by the day leading up to Tuesday.

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