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Ravens activate TE Dennis Pitta

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Dennis Pitta reportedly has been placed on the Ravens active roster. (USATSI)
Dennis Pitta reportedly has been placed on the Ravens active roster. (USATSI)

In preseason camp, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta collided with safety James Ihedigbo during a play, and Pitta ended up dislocating his hip. At the time, it was thought he'd be lost for the entire season -- unfortunate because Pitta had been such an important part of the Ravens offense during their Super Bowl winning season.

But on Saturday, the Ravens activated Pitta to the roster, meaning he should be ready to play Sunday vs. the Vikings.

His absence likely would be a boon to Baltimore, still trying to make a playoff spot (as of right now, they're actually the last team in to the postseason).

For much of the season, the Ravens haven't received great production from their tight ends. Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson have combined for 47 catches and three touchdowns, and according to Football Outsiders, both have played below the value of a replacement-level tight end.

Compare that to 2012 when Pitta caught 61 passes with seven scores and was the 16th-best tight end in the league according to Football Outsiders.

"You always have that concern, you don't want to come back too soon and put yourself at risk," Pitta said last month. "... I feel great, I felt really good. It's amazing how quickly it can come back. I'm feeling strong, running well. Everything's been positive."

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