The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have kept
the door ajar for tight end Dennis Pitta to return for the 2013 season, for
Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens have not ruled out Pitta
playing this year, due in part by learning that Pitta’s injury to his hip was a
“clean” break that caused no ligament or cartilage damage. Early in training camp, Pitta suffered a dislocated
and fractured hip and underwent surgery to repair the damage immediately
The Ravens do not have to make a decision on whether to
place Pitta on injured reserve-designated to return until before the start of
the season. As coach John Harbaugh
stated, "We'll put him on IR when we're certain that he's out for the year.
We know it's a serious injury, but when it came back that there was no ligament
or cartilage damage, then that maybe gave us some hope. So, we're going to wait
and see how that bone heals over the first five weeks since the injury and see
where we're at."
Putting a player on IR designated to return is tricky
business. Previously, any player put on
IR was lost for the entire season. However, current rules dictate that if a
player is injured and put on injured reserve after Sept. 4, that player may
return to the active roster eight weeks after the IR designation. The player must be on the IR list for at
least six weeks and a player must be "designated for return" at the
time the player is put on IR. The Ravens
did it last year with future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis who went on to help the
Ravens win last year’s Super Bowl.
Ray Lewis aside, I am glad the Ravens remain positive and
hold out hope that Pitta can come back. However,
this is not a torn triceps muscle; it is a broken hip on a TE who will take
repeated hits to his mid-section. I am
not a doctor and I did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night but there
are certain things one should not do in life.
One is play poker with a woman whose first name begins with the name of
a city; two is to go skydiving without a parachute and three is to play
football in the NFL in the same season when one breaks a hip.
With the recent additions of TE
Dallas Clark and wide receiver Brandon Stokley, the Ravens’ passing attack
should be more than adequate. So, FOR
PITTA’S SAKE, please Baltimore, use some common sense and let Pitta heal up and
be ready for 2014 so he does not have to use The Clapper to turn his lights on.
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