Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that the Baltimore Ravens have in fact activate TE Dennis Pitta from the injured reserve list and he will play in their Week 14 match up against the Vikings.
Reports from Friday indicated that Pitta will likely have a limited workload upon returning for Sunday’s game, which makes sense given that he has been out with a serious hip injury.
The Ravens need another receiving option in their offense and there’s no question that losing Pitta has had a large impact on Joe Flacco‘s play this season. Baltimore is fighting for both the AFC North title, as well as a wildcard spot, so Pitta could have a big impact for them down the stretch.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh told reporters on Friday that TE Dennis Pitta has a “reasonable” chance of suiting up for their Week 14 game against the Vikings.
“Ultimately it’s up to me and how I feel. We’ll see we’ll make some decisions in next couple days,” said Pitta, per Aaron Wilson. “You always want to see how you respond. It will be nice to take that first hit.”
- Wilson expects Pitta to have a limited workload if he does in fact play on Sunday.
Pitta has practiced on a limited basis this week as he works his way back from a hip surgery.
According to Wilson, the team is likely to hold off Pitta’s return until Dec. 8th against the Vikings, meaning he would also miss Thursday night’s game against the Steelers.
The Ravens have taken a “slow and steady” approach with regards to Pitta’s rehab from a hip surgery that ultimately landed him on the short-term injured reserve. Recent reports have mentioned that Pitta has looked “fairly sharp running routes and catching passes” during practice this week, so this is clearly a precautionary measure by the team.
Baltimore will need to activate Pitta and him to their 53 man roster in order for him to be eligible to play this week.