Originally written on NFL Injury Report  |  Last updated 11/18/14
The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have kept the door ajar for tight end Dennis Pitta to return for the 2013 season, for now. Aaron 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 afterward. 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.    You can follow me on twitter @TheSoftParade69 Talk football talk cigars talk anything, I know a little about a lot.   Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for fantasy football advice?
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