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Dennis Pitta is 'going to take it slow'
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 11:03am
Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta returned to the practice field Wednesday for the first time since having surgery on his hip in late July, but neither he nor the team will reveal when the team's leading returning pass catcher will play his first game.
Asked when the Ravens expect Pitta to play, coach John Harbaugh said before practice, "It's impossible to say. Without getting ahead of ourselves here, as soon as possible. But safety is No. 1 and his ability to perform out there are two factors."
"I feel great," Pitta said in his first comments with reporters since the injury. "I'm going to take it slow, though, to make sure I can integrate myself back in."
"I got to be able to play at an elite level and that's what it takes to play in this league," he said. "We'll see how the next few weeks go and see how I progress and how I'm doing on the field. I'm not sure as of right now that timetable."
The phrase "we'll see how the next few weeks go" makes it sound as if Pitta is a few weeks away from returning to game action. Owners shouldn't expect him back soon, though TE-needy teams in deeper leagues may want to stash him for a possible return in the fantasy playoffs.
Dennis Pitta returning to practice on Wednesday
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 11:40am
The tight end will practice for the first time this season since suffering a fractured hip in training camp.
The fourth-year tight end will practice Wednesday for the first time this season since suffering a fractured and dislocated hip early in training camp.
Pitta is currently on Injured Reserve – Designated to Return, and he is able to return to practice for three weeks before the Ravens have to decide whether to place him on the 53-man active roster.
Pitta could be of help to TE-needy teams upon his return, though it's not clear how much practice time he'll require before he can see game action. The Ravens will have to activate him from injured reserve first.
Dennis Pitta has not returned to practice
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 11:23am
"I can’t speak for injured tight end Dennis Pitta, nor would it be fair if I tried. I also want to point out that Pitta hasn’t spoken to the media since he suffered the hip dislocation in training camp, so it’s impossible for us to truly know how or what he is feeling. However, we do know that Pitta hasn’t resumed practicing yet, meaning his return to game action isn’t imminent. Because of that, it’s fair to wonder how the results of the Ravens’ next couple of games could impact his potential return. The Ravens are set to embark on a stretch in which they have three games in 15 days. If they fall out of the playoff race during that stretch, could that lead to Pitta shutting his comeback for the season and opting instead to continue to strengthen his hip and make sure he is ready for 2014? Or does Pitta, who will be a free agent at season’s end, want to play regardless and show the Ravens and every other NFL team that he is healthy and deserving of a lucrative long-term contract? I don’t have the answers to those questions, but I do think it’s a situation worth following. I think everybody knew that the Ravens would miss Pitta, but I’m not sure anybody expected his absence to have this significant of an effect."
It appears less and less likely with each passing week that Pitta will attempt to return in 2013.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 10:19am
Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders left the game in the second quarter with a foot injury and didn't return. But Sanders indicated that the injury wasn't serious and said he did not need to get an MRI on his foot.
Sanders said the Steelers held him out of the game in part because they didn't want him making the foot worse on the wet field. But he said he could have went back in. Looks like he'll be fine for Week 12 matchup against Cleveland. It's a stretch of four tough passing defense the next four weeks for the Steelers: Browns, Ravens, Dolphins and Bengals.
Jay Cutler concerned about ligament damage
Monday, November 18, 2013, 8:25pm
"There are a couple of ligaments that we're a little worried about that's different than the normal high ankle sprain," he said. "There are a few other things involved. If I just had a normal high ankle sprain, I wouldn't be in a cast. [A cast] helps it scar up and stuff, but the normal high ankle sprain isn't really a concern at this point."
Jay Cutler ruled out for Week 12
Monday, November 18, 2013, 2:45pm
McCown helped lead the Bears to a win over the Ravens in rain and wind and sloppy conditions last week. He now has 5 TDs this season to no interceptions. It's not a great matchup next week against the Rams, but if McCown plays beyond that things look pretty good: Minny, Dallas, Cleveland, Philly, Green Bay close out the schedule and all have defenses ranked between 21-32 in terms of allowing fantasy points to QBs. He's a QB2 option.