Wake-up caw: Pitta was always coming back

Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta said he never considered sitting out if the team had fallen out of playoff contention.

It would've been understandable if Pitta had decided not to come back because he will be a free agent at the end of this season. Returning too soon or risk further injury would've hurt his stock in the offseason.

“We never had that conversation (about sitting out the season),” Pitta said, via Comcast SportsNet. “You don’t want to plan for not making the playoffs, so we never sat down and talked about that. And I don’t think that would have changed anything. I knew I wanted to get back on the field, and do that as quickly as possible. Feeling as good as I feel right now, nothing would have stopped me from coming back.”

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  • Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is coming off one of his best games of the season. On Monday night, he had five tackles, a quarterback hit and a batted pass, which went to DeAngelo Tyson for an interception. “Haloti certainly is healthier than he has ever been in December,” coach John Harbaugh said, via the team's official website. “He’s played in a pretty dominating fashion the last number of games, so it’s been good to see.”

  • As The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston points out, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was off the field quickly in the first and third quarters for considerable time. Were the Ravens resting him to have a strong fourth quarter or because of injury? The Ravens say he isn't hurt. "He has been doing some other things to help us out a little bit," defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "Coverage things, things maybe we should get away from. He has been hitting guys before they go out, holding them up."

  • The Ravens have plenty of respect for a Patriots passing attack even though tight end Rob Gronkowski is injured and Wes Welker is playing in Denver. “The Patriots do as good a job as anybody in the league and have over the years of fitting players into their offense and then taking advantage of the things that they do well,” Harbaugh said, via the Carroll County (Md.) Times. “Each one of those guys you’re talking about, they fit a specific role. You’re talking about [Edelman] and [Amendola]. They do the underneath stuff, the short passing game, the inside routes, and they do a great job of that.”