Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Wake-up caw: Pitta returning next month?
By Jamison Hensley
Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is not expected to return until mid- to late-November, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
This would be an extremely positive development for the Ravens, who have never publicly guaranteed that Pitta would play this season. It's previously been estimated that Pitta would come back in December at the earliest.
Pitta, the Ravens' top returning pass catcher, is on the injured reserve-designated for return list after having hip surgery early in training camp. He made his first appearance on the practice field on Oct. 4, catching passes from the JUGS machine.
"I've got to be honest with you, I’m pretty impressed," coach John Harbaugh said at the time. "That’s a ways away time-wise."
Pitta was eligible to return to practice on Oct. 21 and, under the designated for return rules, he could play in the Week 9 game at the Cleveland Browns. But no one expects him to be ready by that point.
For Pitta, who was once considered out for the season, it's remarkable that there is even a chance of him catching passes from Joe Flacco this season.
Here's the rest of your Wake-up caw ...
- Inside linebacker Josh Bynes told Comcast SportsNet that he expects to return after the bye and play in the Ravens' next game, a Nov. 3 matchup at the Cleveland Browns. Bynes had surgery on his infected finger last week, which sidelined him last Sunday. “I should be able to play the next game,” Bynes said. “If I had a choice, I would’ve played Sunday. Watching the game was horrible. You never watch your guys go out to battle without you. I’m getting better, it’s healing up kind of fast.” Bynes may not return as a starter because Jameel McClain reclaimed his starting spot last Sunday.
- Jeromy Miles took responsibility for going offsides on the team's onside attempt. Even if the Ravens had recovered the ball, it wouldn't have mattered because of the penalty on Miles. “I put the whole thing on my back,” Miles told the team's official website. “I didn’t do my job.”
- Elvis Dumervil's former agent, Marty Magid, has been disciplined by the NFL Players Association for his part in the fax snafu that led to the Denver Broncos releasing the pass-rusher in March. Dumervil later signed with the Ravens. In a statement Tuesday, the NFLPA said Magid was fined $25,000 and suspended as a certified contract adviser for six months. The NFLPA also left the door ajar for any future action against the Broncos. Here's the full article on ESPN.com.
- Michael Huff, who was benched as a starting safety in the season opener, is adjusting to life as a backup for the first time in his career. "Obviously, the competitor in you wants to play," Huff told The Baltimore Sun. "For me, the day I signed, it's been team first. It's all about the team. It's never been about me. "I got to run down on punts, run down on kickoffs. That's what I'll do. Whatever it takes for us to win, get to the playoffs, defend the Super Bowl, that's what I'll do."