Tight end Dennis Pitta returned to the practice field today, after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured and dislocated hip. Ouch!!!! His injury occurred on the 2nd day of training camp, when he collided with safety James Ihedigbo in the end zone going after a pass. He landed the awkwardly and had to be carted off the field. Wow, can you imagine the pain he must have been in? He had surgery the night of the incident and was placed on injured reserve with a designated to return tag.
Doctors thought that Pitta would be out for the season, but his hard work in the training room paid off. Pitta said, “I feel great. I’m going to take it slow, though, and make sure I can kind of integrate myself back in.” During practice Wednesday, he ran about five yards down the field and cut toward the back of the end zone, catching a Joe Flacco pass with ease.
Last year, Pitta had 69 catches for 669 yards and 7 touchdowns. In the post-season, he had 14 interceptions including a TD catch in Baltimore’s 34-31 win against the San Francisco 49ers in the Superbowl.
Pitta is very happy to be back in the field, but he knows it will be some time before he will actually play in a game.n He told the media he would see how his hip feels in a couple of weeks of practice.
Pitta not being on the team is not the only problem with offense, but as Flacco admitted, losing a key player definitely has had a negative impact. Let’s face it, he is one the Ravens best offensive players. He can catch, carry and run with that pigskin!!!