The Ravens expect tight end Dennis Pitta to return to the football field in 2015.
Pitta is on injured reserve after undergoing hip surgery following his second hip dislocation and fracture. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh expects Pitta to make a “full recovery.”
“They say it has no bearing on the future. It heals 100 percent,” Harbaugh said via ESPN. “Dennis can play again. Dennis has told me that he wants to play again. Of course if he wants to play, he’ll get every opportunity to play if the medical people clear him. And I’ve been told to this point that they see no reason why it wouldn’t be clear if everything goes according to plan.”
Pitta is owed a $4 million salary in 2015 and has not seen the field since going down on Sept. 21 against the Browns. The Ravens gave him a five-year, $32 million deal prior to this season that included $16 million guaranteed.
When on the field Pitta is one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite targets. In 2012, he set career-highs in catches (61), receiving yards (669) and touchdowns (seven) adding touchdowns in three of the teams playoff games during their Super Bowl winning season.