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Inside Dennis Pitta’s Decision To Play Football Again by Baltimore Ravens
Written by Ryan Mink, Ravens Staff Writer For a year-and-a-half, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta couldn’t give an answer to the question of whether he was ever going to play football again. It wasn’t that he was being secretive. He truly didn’t know. Now, at long last, Pitta is sure. When asked if he could hypothetically suit up for a game today, Pitta confidently responded, “Yeah, I’m ready to play.” “I don’t think there’s much of any hurdle left,” he said. “Barring a major setback in OTAs or training camp, I feel comfortable being out there practicing and playing.” Pitta hasn’t played in a game since Sept. 21, 2014, the day he suffered a second hip dislocation and fracture in as many years. He’s worked with six doctors since, each bringing a different opinion. He’s discussed the comeback with the team. He’s hashed it out with his family. But ultimately, the decision has been left to Pitta. And he’s coming back. “It was really a decision that I struggled with for a long time,” Pitta said. “Really, for the last year-and-a-half, I was trying to figure out what I was going to do.” Pitta will be on the field in full capacity with his teammates Tuesday, the Ravens’ first day of Organized Team Activities. From there, he’ll vie to play Sept. 11 versus the Buffalo Bills. Once considered the longest of long shots, Pitta has a very real chance of running out of M&T Bank Stadium’s tunnel once again. In an interview with BaltimoreRavens.com, Pitta detailed what went into his decision and the work to make it a reality.