Allen Kim

Ravens' Dennis Pitta Off Crutches, Catching Passes

Created on Oct. 05, 2013 12:24 PM EST

The Baltimore Ravens need some help in the passing attack, and they may get that at some point later in the season. TE Dennis Pitta has shed his crutches and has begun increasing his activity in practice, per Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. He was seen catching passes from the JUGS machine recently, and it's a positive step for his recovery.

Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip in training camp, and while he was initially expected to miss the season, the Ravens put him on injured reserve with a designation to return. Clearly someone in the organization thought that he would recover in time to return to the field before the season was out, and he may actually return later in the year.

“I got to be honest with you, I’m pretty impressed,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s running quite a bit in here on these machines and he’s already catching passes. That’s a ways away time-wise. Every time I see Dennis, I got mixed emotions. I’m happy he’s doing so well and I’m not happy that he’s not already out there playing right now. He’s doing a good job.”

Ed Dickson hasn’t stepped up in Pitta’s absence, and the Ravens could certainly use his help as their offense has struggled. In the final year of his contract, Pitta can only hope he’s able to return and have an impact if he hopes to land a big deal.

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