The Ravens have made it clear for months that they were not counting on veteran tight end Dennis Pitta this season. So it’s no surprise that Pitta is expected to begin the 2015 season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun.
Pitta has twice suffered season-ending hip injuries that required major surgery. He was not cleared to practice during any of the Ravens’ minicamps, although he was seen running on the field and doing individual drills.
If Pitta begins the season on the PUP list, he would not be eligible to play the first six weeks of the regular season. That would give Pitta more time to recover, and to decide on his long-term future. Whether he plays or not this season, Pitta is guaranteed $4 million this season, as part of the five-year, $32 million contract he signed in 2014.
The latest update on Pitta came from Ravens coach John Harbaugh during mandatory minicamp. He made it clear that Pitta was trying to play again, but that there was no guarantee he would be successful.
“A couple of things are going to have to happen for him to play ultimately,” Harbaugh said. “No. 1, he has to be cleared by the doctors. And, No. 2, he has to decide if he wants to play because obviously there will be some risk involved. He hasn’t been cleared by the doctors.”
Meanwhile, the Ravens drafted two tight ends, Maxx Williams (second round) and Nick Boyle (fifth round), who will compete for playing time with second-year tight end Crockett Gillmore. Pitta’s uncertain status is one of the major reasons the Ravens traded up to get Williams.
The Ravens are hoping Williams quickly becomes a go-to guy for quarterback Joe Flacco, knowing that Pitta’s future is uncertain.
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On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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