Dennis Pitta is not expected to play this season after being advised not to return by doctors, according to multiple reports and confirmed by CSNmidatlantic.com.
Pitta has been practicing since last month, but after meeting with doctors Tuesday, he has been told that it was not safe for him to return to the NFL following his second major hip injury.
Pitta is expected to return to the injured list for the rest of the season, giving him more time to rehabilitate his hip. Pitta obviously wants to return badly, so he may not be ready to retire unless he believes his condition cannot improve with more time.
The Ravens were prepared for this development, drafting two tight ends in this year’s draft – Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle, to join second-year tight end Crockett Gillmore. Pitta has only played seven games the past two seasons, suffering a serious hip injury during training camp of 2013, before re-injuring the hip in 2014 in a non-contact play against the Browns.
Pitta’s contract is guaranteed for this season, giving both he and the Ravens more time to make a decision about his long-term future. Coach John Harbaugh should have an update on Pitta’s status before this afternoon’s practice.