All signs point to TE Dickson playing on Thursday

All signs point to TE Dickson playing on Thursday
September 3, 2013, 3:45 pm
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NFL analyst Cris Collinsworth weighs in on Ravens

Tight end Ed Dickson (hamstring) was a full participant in Tuesday’s practice, and all signs pointed to him playing Thursday in Denver.

“I’m not 100 percent sure, but I feel 100 percent,” Dickson said after Tuesday’s practice. “I’m being smart with it. I’m going with the coaches, I’m going with the trainers, I’m going day-to-day.”

Barring any setbacks, Dickson expects to be in uniform.

“You could say that,” Dickson said. “I’m very optimistic about the whole situation.”

Even if Dickson plays Thursday, the Ravens may limit his snaps. Hamstring injuries can linger or be re-aggravated, and Dickson’s injury was a factor in the decision to sign Dallas Clark last month. Dickson said he has learned plenty from Clark during a short period of time.

“The old wily veteran?” Dickson said. “He brings a guy that’s very smart, dependable at all aspects of the game. I’m learning a little bit from him every day. I analyze the way he runs routes. He might not have the quickness he had when he was 21 or 27, but he still has it.”

The Ravens are also expected to place tight end Dennis Pitta (hip surgery) on the injured reserve-designated to return list in the near future. The Ravens hope Pitta may be able to return later this season. “I think we’ll have an announcement for that on Wednesday,” Harbaugh said.