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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ravens Injury Update: Dennis Pitta could play again

By on 12/09/2014 02:00:00 PM

Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta played just three games this season before being sidelined by his second hip fracture and dislocation in a little over a year, which has his NFL future in serious doubt. But he is off crutches after undergoing surgery in September, and on Monday Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh said Pitta could play again in 2015.

Pitta returned late last season after suffering his initial hip injury during training camp, and he had 20 receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown over the final four games of 2013. He then signed a five-year, $32.5 million ($16 million guaranteed) contract with the Ravens in March, which included an $11 million signing bonus and fully guaranteed base salaries for this season ($1 million) and next ($4 million).

Pitta's progress will be worth monitoring through the offseason, and it's not a major financial road block for Baltimore to keep him in the fold and see if he can contribute in 2015. A return to the form he showed in 2012 (61 receptions for 669 yards with seven touchdowns) can't be expected, but Pitta has shown enough rapport with quarterback Joe Flacco to be a key contributor to Baltimore's passing game.

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