Pitta strengthening hip, pleased with progress

Pitta strengthening hip, pleased with progress
March 6, 2014, 8:30 am
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Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) makes a catch while being pushed by Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium.

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Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta admitted he was not 100 percent when he returned from hip surgery last season. In fact, Pitta is still not 100 percent. However, he’s working on it, and has plenty of time between now and next season to regain full strength in his hip.

“I came back, and I’d be lying to you if I said I was 100 percent with my explosion and strength,” Pitta said at his Wednesday press conference to recognize his new, five-year, $32 million contract. “I didn’t have any pain and I felt good playing, but kind of that quickness and explosion wasn’t all the way back – which was expected. Typically, you don’t regain that in four months after surgery, and so that’s something that I continue to work on, and I’ve been training and trying to get that to 100 percent, which I’m close.”

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When Pitta first fractured his hip in training camp, he feared that his career might be over. But after months of grueling rehab, Pitta has a new contract, and at age 28, he strongly believes his best football is ahead.

“There were a few weeks after my surgery when I didn’t know if I would play football gain, which is a tough pill to swallow,” Pitta said. “Fortunately that wasn’t the case. “The money doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. Obviously, it’s reassurance that you’ve been doing something right for the last few years here, and it gives me an opportunity to provide some security for my family, which is important. But now it is about being able to live up to that and being able to live up to those expectations and produce on the field, and that’s what I’m focused on.”

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