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Dennis Pitta “definitely” wants to play again

Divisional Playoffs - Baltimore Ravens v Denver Broncos

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12: Dennis Pitta #88 of the Baltimore Ravens makes a first down reception in overtime against Jim Leonhard #36 and Tony Carter #32 of the Denver Broncos during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Tight end Dennis Pitta has played just seven games for the Ravens over the last three seasons after dislocating his hip twice and having his attempt at a comeback shut down on medical advice last November.

Pitta’s not ready to give up hope of making it back to the lineup, however. During an appearance on Glenn Clark Radio, Pitta said that he is “certainly not ready to walk away” from football and that he’s continuing to work toward a return to action this offseason.

“I definitely do want to be on the field playing football,” Pitta said. “That’s something that I really want to happen. ... Now, if it happens or not, I don’t know yet, and as much as I want to be on the field, there’s also an element of being smart and weighing the risks, which there certainly are big risks in my case. I’m going to do everything on my end to get out there and play, but it’s not all in my hands. Some of it will be involving the doctors and what they have to say also. We’ve got a couple months to get that all ironed out and figure out what we’re going to do. I really couldn’t tell you one way or the other right now.”

Pitta is currently scheduled to make $5 million in 2016 and that number will have to come down for him to remain with the Ravens while he tries to complete his comeback. If that can be worked out, Pitta should have a chance to resume a productive partnership with Joe Flacco if his hip cooperates.