Harbaugh one on one: "Be at our best this next week"
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta remained hopeful he would play against the Vikings following Friday’s practice. It would mark his first action of the season, after surgery during training camp to repair a fractured hip. A decision on Pitta’s status will be made this weekend. He must be activated from the injured reserve-designate to return list before he can play.
“Felt good all week, nice to get back in it, go through full practices and stuff, so we’ll see,” Pitta said. “Ultimately it’s up to me and how I feel. It’s a rare injury in sports. So the doctor is relying on me to see how I feel and how my body responds. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow (Saturday), and he we’ll have to make some decisions in then next couple of days. “I’ve upped my workload a little bit this week just to kind of test it, see where it’s at. I feel like I’m able to do what I need to do. We’ll keep seeing how it feels through the weekend.”
If he played, Pitta admitted he was eager to see how his hip would respond to being tackled. The Ravens are likely to be cautious with Pitta if he plays, perhaps limiting his snap count.
“You always want to see how you’re going to respond after getting hit,” Pitta said. “It’s not something you can simulate in rehab or even in practice. It’ll be nice to take that first hit and see how it feels.” In other injury news, linebacker Elvis Dumervil (ankle) has not practiced all week, but coach John Harbaugh said Dumervil would play if he felt good enough. “I think it will be game-time on Sunday,” Harbaugh said of Dumervil. “He’s not a guy that has to practice. If he feels like he can go, he will go.”