Dennis Pitta Injury: Updates on Ravens TE's Concussion

Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 19, 2012

Nov 11, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (right) is helped to his feet following his catch and hard hit against the Oakland Raiders at M&T Bank Stadium by wide receiver Tandon Doss (left) and wide receiver Anquan Boldin (center).  Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE
Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

The Baltimore Ravens may have escaped a brutally physical AFC North matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a win, but may now be without third-year TE Dennis Pitta for some time.


UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2:35 p.m. by Brian Mazique

Per the Baltimore Sun, Pitta has been cleared for contact drills. Baltimore Luke from also delivers the Ravens' inactives list, and Pitta isn't included.

#Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta cleared for contact following concussion symptoms against Steelers.

— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) November 23, 2012


#Ravens inactives: CB J. Smith, CB C. Johnson, G B. Williams, OL R. Harewood, WR D. Thompson, DE P. McPhee, DT B. Hall

— Luke Jones (@BaltimoreLuke) November 25, 2012


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According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, Pitta suffered a concussion in the first quarter after taking a brutal shot from Steelers safety Ryan Clark and linebacker Lawrence Timmons. He went into the locker room, and it was soon announced that he would not be returning to the Sunday Night Football contest.

It’s currently unknown how long the former Brigham Young standout will be sidelined for, but he must pass numerous, league-mandated tests and be cleared by an independent neurologist before he even gets back to practice.

Pitta, a participant in all 10 of the Ravens contests, has hauled in 38 receptions for 381 yards and three touchdowns so far in the 2013 season. He’s invaluable on blocking plays and a large reason why Ray Rice has been so successful on the ground.

The 27-year-old was thought to have been concussed in Baltimore’s 55-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Week 10, but was able to get back on the field to finish that game and showed no lingering effects going into Sunday night.

For those of you who own Dennis Pitta in a fantasy league, it may be time to put a claim in for Ed Dickson, the Ravens backup TE. Dickson is a supremely athletic player out of Oregon, and many were expecting him to have a breakout year in 2012.

While that hasn’t happened thus far, Dickson may get a chance to see more targets and snaps if Pitta is forced to miss any time. The 25-year-old has 14 receptions for 152 yards on the year.

Stay tuned here on B/R for the latest news, updates, opinions and fantasy analysis on Dennis Pitta’s concussion and his recovery.