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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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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."
07/31/14 - TE Dennis Pitta says he's 100 percent one year after suffering a fractured, dislocated right hip that required surgery and sidelined him for the first dozen games of last season.