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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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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
09/23/14 - TE Dennis Pitta (hip) was officially placed on reserve/injured by the Ravens Tuesday (Sept. 23).
09/22/14 - TE Dennis Pitta suffered another devastating injury to his right hip and had to be carted off the field. It was the same area where he underwent surgery and missed the beginning of last season. Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed Pitta underwent season-ending surgery Monday.
"I don't know the ramifications of that long term," Harbaugh said. "I'm going to be really hopeful for Dennis' return."
The players were also shaken up by the injury.
"When you're in the middle of a game, you don't think too much about that stuff, but yeah, it's not easy," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "Dennis is a good friend. He's a good teammate and he's a hell of a player. No matter who it is, it's tough to see it happen. When it looks like it might be what it is or it might be serious, it's not too easy.
Like I said, I think in the middle of the game, you kind of just go out and complete a play and keep your mind off of it. It's going to be rough over the next day or two just thinking about it or talking to him and seeing how he feels about it. I know last time he got hurt, he was pretty optimistic about everything. It'll be interesting to talk to him. It's tough."
09/12/14 - TE Dennis Pitta has been one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite targets over the past five seasons. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak likes to use a lot of two, tight end sets and this provides more creative ways for Pitta to get involved in the offense. Pitta was solid again against Pittsburgh with three catches for 30 yards, including a crucial 24-yard grab down the middle of the field. TE Owen Daniels lined up with Pitta and caught a pair of touchdown passes from Flacco. "We had good chemistry tonight," Pitta said. "The short passing game was working well. We got bogged down a little bit in the middle of the game, but we wore them down in the second half."