The Ravens are sticking with their plan to not rush back tight end Dennis Pitta in his recovery from surgery on his fractured, dislocated right hip. Pitta remains on injured reserve-designated to return and wasn't activated before today's NFL transaction deadline, meaning he's not eligible to play in Sunday's game against the New York Jets. The best-case scenario for Pitta, who participated in individual drills Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and caught passes after practice, is for him to return in time for the Ravens' Dec. 8 home game against the Minnesota Vikings, according to sources. He hasn't been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Ravens would prefer to get Pitta more practice time before he plays in an actual game. The Ravens could also activate Pitta at the end of the three-week window in which he can either be placed on the active roster or go on season-ending injury reserve. They can carry him on the roster heading into the Vikings game and then bring him back later in December, perhaps in time for a Dec. 16 game against the Detroit Lions. The hope, for now, is to have Pitta back for the Vikings game, barring any setbacks.
Dennis Pitta remains on injured reserve-designated to return, won't play Sunday
Baltimore Sun | Nov 23