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Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 4/114 -- Dennis Pitta, TE, 6-4, 245, BYU, This was the surprise pick, especially after the Ravens selected Dickson one round earlier. Pitta is another pass-catching tight end who has soft hands. Unlike Dickson, he isn't considered an explosive athlete. - by The Sports Xchange
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08/31/15 - TE Dennis Pitta (hip) is on the PUP list. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said if Pitta returns at all, it would be about midseason.
08/20/15 - TE Dennis Pitta, who had a season-ending hip injury last year, will begin the season on the PUP list. As a result, Pitta won't be able to play until at least Week 7. There is still a possibility that Pitta won't be able to even return to the Ravens at all after suffering a similar injury two seasons ago. "The one thing about Dennis – and the thing that probably (the media) realize – is that there's more to it than just, ‘Can he play? Should he play? Will he be cleared to play?'" head coach John Harbaugh said. "And what is being ‘cleared to play' entail in terms of liability and things like that? There's a lot to it that has to be worked out. I get the impression that he wants to play. He's rehabbing like crazy. But he's going to have to make ... He has to make the decision if it's the best thing for him going forward. I think there's no urgency at this time. He's not going to be activated for the beginning of our regular season. We'd be talking about a mid-season type of a thing if we did it, so we'll just have to see where that goes."
07/24/15 - TE Dennis Pitta failed his physical Friday (July 24) and was placed on the Ravens' physically unable to perform list. He still counts against the 90-man roster. Pitta, 30, is entering his sixth season but has played in just seven games the past two because of hip injuries. He is still not recovered from a fractured and dislocated right hip.
Pitta has not been cleared medically and coach John Harbaugh said it's not a foregone conclusion that he would play again.
"No. 1, he has to be cleared by the doctors. And No. 2, he has to decide if he wants to play because obviously there will be some risk involved," Harbaugh said last month. "He hasn't been cleared by the doctors."
Pitta signed a five-year, $32 million deal after emerging in 2012 as quarterback Joe Flacco's go-to receiver. He caught 61 passes and seven touchdowns in the Ravens' Super Bowl season.
In May, Pitta said he was hopeful about playing in the NFL again.
"I'm optimistic," Pitta said. "I feel good. But obviously it's a process. I have an idea in mind of where I'd like to be in a couple months; but, at the same time, you don't know. I know what it felt like to do this one time. I've never known what it felt like to do it twice.
"I knew I would make an attempt to come back. This is what I love to do. Injuries are part of this game and you have to try to overcome them the best you can. You always want to leave this game on your own terms."
06/16/15 - TE Dennis Pitta is still dealing with the fallout from his second major hip injury in the past two years. Pitta hasn't been medically cleared by doctors and his career is in doubt as he tries to return from his second fractured and dislocated right hip within the past two years.
Pitta also has to decide if he wants to attempt to play after getting hurt last September against the Cleveland Browns without being hit. Pitta underwent surgery on his hip for the second time and was placed on injured reserve.
Unlike previous offseason practices, Pitta wasn't allowed to take part in individual drills at the start of the team's minicamp and he just watched the practice from the sideline.
"A couple of things are going to have to happen for him to play, ultimately," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Pitta, who's guaranteed $4 million this season under his five-year, $32 million contract regardless of whether he plays again. "No. 1, he has to be cleared by the doctors. And, No. 2, he has to decide if he wants to play because obviously there will be some risk involved. He hasn't been cleared by the doctors.
"He has been going through, as you saw before, the individual part of practice. Minicamp, unless you're cleared, you can't come out to practice. I don't know if that's a rule or a policy, but that's the way it goes here. Until he gets cleared by the docs, he won't be able to practice and we'll just have to see where that goes from here."
02/21/15 - TE Dennis Pitta's status remains unresolved as the Ravens await word on whether he'll be medically cleared to play football again.
Pitta -- without being hit -- dislocated and fractured his hip for the second time within a year last September against the Cleveland Browns. He underwent surgery to repair the damage and has been rehabilitating, but it's unclear if he'll be able to play again.
"I talked to the doctors and there's really nothing definitive," coach John Harbaugh said. "It's between Dennis and the doctors right now. So, I've got my fingers crossed, but only for what's best for Dennis. There's no way in the world that you want anything other than the fact that he can be safe."
During training camp in 2013, Pitta fractured and dislocated his right hip when he landed awkwardly while trying to make a contested catch against strong safety James Ihedigbo. Pitta was later activated from the injured reserve-designated to return list and caught 20 passes for 169 yard and a touchdown in four games.
The Ravens signed him to a five-year, $32 million contract that included $16 million guaranteed, an investment made with assurances from doctors that a recurrence of the hip injury was extremely unlikely.
Pitta has made progress in his rehabilitation from the second hip injury. Whether or not his hip would dislocate again is hard to determine.
"His hip is fully recovered in the sense that the blood flow is there and there's no lingering problem from either one of the injuries," Harbaugh said. "So, he's in great position to live a great life, which is the main thing. Whether it goes to the next step and he wants or is able to play football, that will be up to them. I'm like you, I'm waiting to hear."
Pitta is due a $4 million guaranteed base salary for next season.
"We have nothing to lose by just letting it play out," Harbaugh said. "He's got a guaranteed contract for next year. So, financially he's in good shape. We'll just have to see whe