Baltimore, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Tight end Dennis Pitta will be available to play against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday after the Baltimore Ravens activated him from the injured reserve-designated to return list.
Pitta suffered a dislocated hip, which was considered a season-ending injury, late July. However, he returned to practice Nov. 20 and increased his workload in training this week.
Coach John Harbaugh announced Friday that Pitta had a “reasonable chance” of playing for the Ravens (6-6), who currently hold the No. 6 seed in the AFC with four games remaining.
As the second-leading receiver on last season’s Super Bowl team, Pitta will provide a boost for quarterback Joe Flacco and the NFL’s 29th-ranked offense.
Without Pitta, the Ravens have relied on Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson, both of whom combined for 47 catches for 554 yards and three touchdowns. Last season, Pitta had 61 catches for 669 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
The Ravens waived running back Bernard Scott to make room for Pitta. Scott hadn’t played in a game for the Ravens since signing on Oct. 28.
On Friday, Pitta said he “felt good” and was looking forward to getting his first contact of the season.
“You always want to see how you’re going to respond after getting hit like that,” Pitta said. “It’s not something that you could simulate in rehab or even in practice. It will be nice to kind of take that first hit and just see how it feels.”