Pitta has been cleared. Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was moved to the active roster on Saturday, this makes him eligible to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Pitta has been on the injured reserve-designated to return list since dislocating his hip on July 27 during training camp. At that time, doctors questioned whether or not he would be able to play football again. After surgery and rehab, he returned to practice on November 20th.
He increased his practice on the field and after three weeks and clearance from multiple doctors, he is ready for game action.” You always want to see how you’re going to respond after getting hit like that,” said Pitta. “It will be nice to take that first hit and just see how it feels.”
How much he will play? Factors including the weather and how he feels. According to the weather forecast, there will be a wintry mix on Sunday. Snow is expected around 1pm, followed by snow during the afternoon, then freezing rain by late afternoon. With an injury that serious playing on slippery conditions, only time will tell.
Pitta will provide a boost for Flacco and the 29th-ranked offense. Without Pitta, the Ravens have relied on Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson, both of whom combined for 47 catches for 554 yards and three touchdowns. Last season, Pitta had 61 catches for 669 yards and seven touchdowns. He became Flacco’s go-to man on the field.
Pitta’s return comes at a critical time for the Ravens (6-6), who currently hold the No. 6 seed in the AFC with four games remaining.
I hope Pitta returns Sunday. It would be nice for a veteran to show these offensive guys how it is done.