Dennis Pitta (hip) acknowledged that he has begun to think about life after football, but he also said that he still has a desire to play, the Baltimore Ravens ' official website reports.
Pitta missed the entire 2015 season after dislocating his left hip in both 2013 and 2014. He practiced for a few weeks in late October and early November, but doctors ultimately recommended that he sit out the entire season. If he were to resume his career, Pitta would be at increased risk of suffering additional hip injuries, which could lead to serious health problems later in life. Also, the Ravens no longer have need of a tight end, as second-year pro Crockett Gillmore and rookie Maxx Williams appear to have the team in good hands at the position. Pitta will give it another shot in a few months, but it won't be surprising if he ultimately shifts his focus to either coaching or a non-football career.
Dennis Pitta (hip) will not play this season, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Pitta attempted to play this season after recovering from hip surgery, but doctors have advised him it is not safe to play at this time, so the Baltimore Ravens will shut him down and place him on season-ending injured reserve. Pitta wants to continue playing, so he will continue working out with an eye toward doing so in 2016.
Dennis Pitta (hip) will practice Wednesday for the first time this season.
Pitta is eligible to return to action this week after opening the season on the PUP list. It's not clear how involved Pitta will be Wednesday, but the Baltimore Ravens will provide an update on his status after their practice session concludes.
"As far as I'm concerned, you plan for the worst and you hope for the best," Harbaugh said Tuesday, per ESPN.com. "I'm planning on him not being back. That would be the plan from a football standpoint. And I think he's planning on being back.
"It just comes down to whether it's a smart thing to do, whether it's what he wants to do and really what his family wants to do. He and his wife have to make that decision for themselves, and he's going to get more information I'm sure."
Pitta has been limited to just seven games over the last two seasons after twice dislocating his hip, and the team wants to bring him along slowly. However, the reports suggests a midseason return in optimistic, given Pitta has not been cleared by doctors or been allowed to practice.
Pitta has been limited to just seven games over the last two seasons after twice dislocating his hip.
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