Pitta might play, Ngata remains questionble

Pitta might play, Ngata remains questionble
November 22, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta did not rule out the possibility of playing Sunday against the Jets. Pitta has not played all season after a serious hip injury during training camp that required surgery. However, Pitta practiced for three days this week and said he felt good after Friday’s practice. He would have to be activated from the injured reserve-designated to return list by 4 p.m. Saturday to be eligible for Sunday’s game. 

The Ravens might limit Pitta's action if he did play, but the Jets would have to respect his pass-catching ability if he made an appearance. Pitta caught 61 passes last season and has been sorely missed in the offense. Even if Pitta does not play Sunday, the fact he is practicing on a daily basis suggests he will likely return before the Ravens’ current three-game home stand ends.

“I feel great, I feel real good,” Pitta said. It’s amazing how quickly it can come back, feel strong, running well, so everything’s positive.

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“You don’t want to come back too soon and put yourself at risk. We’ll be smart with it and take it day by day and see how it goes. We’re going to see how I feel tomorrow, so how I feel the next day and then go from there.”

Asked if Pitta would play Sunday, coach John Harbaugh said, “There is always a chance. I don’t want to say, “No,”, and then he plays. I don’t want to say ‘Yes’, and then he doesn’t play. Then you guys think I’m misleading you somewhere.”

But Pitta was obviously encouraged by his progress, smiling at times when he talked about being on the field.

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“It’s always an adjustment when you’re doing it for the first time again, especially with the helmet and shoulder pads on,” Pitta said. “But like I said, it comes back quick, and it’s feeling good. I’ll just continue to keep working on it and get it more comfortable.”

Another player whose status was in limbo for Sunday was nose tackle Haloti Ngata. (knee). Ngata practiced Friday or a limited basis, but Ngata, cornerback Lardarius Webb (abs), and linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh) were listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. Marlon Brown (knee) and Brandon Stokley (thigh) were both listed as probable.