Earlier this morning, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that tight end Dennis Pitta is expected to return from his dislocated and fractured hip in mid- to late November.
Pitta, who is on injured reserve with a designation to return, was eligible to return to practice this week and is permitted to be reinstated for the Nov. 3 game at the Browns following the bye week. He has been seen walking around the Under Armour Performance Center without crutches in recent weeks, but isn’t ready to practice or play.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh responded to the report, essentially confirming it by saying that’s what the team has projected all along.
“That sounds similar to what we said in August, when we first heard the time frame, so nothing’s changed as far as I know. Everything’s on schedule,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “There have been no setbacks with Dennis, so we’ll just have to see how it goes. Until we get him on the field and see him start running around, I think we’ll know more then. And I’m looking forward to that. That will be very interesting.”
While Pitta wasn’t available to talk, wideout Torrey Smith said he’s impressed with the progress made by the Baltimore tight end. Pitta was at one time ruled out for the season before the team chose to give him a chance to return.
“He’s working his tail off,” Smith said. “It’s always pretty cool to see him in there and really see a progression. Hopefully he can get back. I don’t know an exact date and if I did, I wouldn’t be honest with you guys anyway. But he’s looking a lot better and I think just the fact that you can even see him walking considering what he’s done is awesome.”
Harbaugh also addressed a couple of other business matters - linebacker Josh Bynes’ infected finger and the team’s open roster spot following the Bryant McKinnie trade.
Bynes missed last week’s game with the injury, but Harbaugh is optimistic that the linebacker will be back against Cleveland on Nov. 3.
“I don’t know if expected is the right word. I guess I probably feel that way, but I don’t want to speak because you never know with an infection. But there’s a good chance,” Harbaugh said.
As for the Ravens’ still-empty roster spot, Harbaugh said the team is working on filling it. The team tried out former first-round running back Beanie Wells, according to multiple reports. Wells is a free agent after rushing for 2,471 yards in 51 career games with Arizona since 2009.
Harbaugh didn’t acknowledge the report, but addressed the open roster spot.
“We’re still working ourselves through that,” he said. “It could be a practice squad promotion. It could be somebody off the practice squad roster or somebody who’s available right now as a free agent.”