OWINGS MILLS – Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta did not announce his retirement Wednesday, but begrudgingly accepted that it was unsafe for him to return to the NFL this season. He will continue to rehab after being placed on injured reserve, hoping that he can return in 2016 from his second major hip injury.
“Obviously I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be out there this season,” Pitta said Wednesday before practice. “There was concern from the beginning from the doctors, just because I had done it twice (injured his hip).
“We got to this point where I felt good enough to try and practice. It was a time for me to test what it felt like, in as game-like of a situation as we could simulate, and see how it responded. This is all new territory for us, doctors included. It didn’t quite respond the way we had hoped. Sitting down with doctors over the last couple of days, we decided it was certainly too much of a risk at this time, and too unsafe to take the field. ”
Pitta said he had no plan to retire at this time, but admitted it was uncertain if his hip would improve enough next season to return.
“We haven’t really gone down that road yet,” Pitta said, regarding his chances of playing next season. ”I really want to play. It’s been difficult for me, accepting the fact that I won’t be out there this season.”
At age 30, Pitta wants to retire on his terms, not due to injury.
“That’s not how I want to end my career,” Pitta said. “I think no player wants to play their last play getting carted off the field. I’ll continue to work and hopefully that won’t be the end of the story.”