After losing a number of players via free agency and retirement, the Baltimore Ravens suffered a huge loss before the season started when tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a dislocated hip, which has had him out through the Ravens’ first 12 games. Head Coach Jon Harbaugh suggested today that Pitta might be able to play this week. The decision will made tomorrow when the Ravens have to decide to activate him to their roster. If they activate him, he will play.
If Pitta is able to come back this week, it would not be a surprise to see him eased in and get a reduced workload, but it would still be a welcome sight for quarterback Joe Flacco. Pitta has been Flacco’s best friend on and off the field, so his presence would open up more passing opportunities in their offense.
The Ravens are sitting at 6-6 and still looking at a good shot at the second AFC Wildcard. They should be able to handle the Minnesota Vikings without Pitta, but would really like to have him back for their last three games against the Lions, Patriots and Bengals, so getting in the flow of things and kicking off some of the rust this week might be a good plan, if he is healthy enough to go.