Despite his second concussion, Pitta expects to play Sunday

Dennis Pitta suffered the second concussion of his rookie season in Sunday's win over the Browns, but the tight end says he expects to suit up for the regular season finale against the Bengals this weekend.

The fourth-round pick was injured on the opening kickoff of the game Sunday. He took his impact test this morning, and said it came back fine.

"I feel normal," Pitta said. "I'm expecting to practice as much as I can this week, and be ready to go Sunday."

Pitta missed one game after being concussed in the Ravens' Week 7 win over the Bills. This time, despite the fact that it's his second concussion in nine games, he doesn't think he'll have to miss any time.

With the league's new emphasis on concussion safety, teams are forced to abide by certain protocols after a player suffers a brain injury. Pitta said that this concussion wasn't as severe as the first one, however, and so he doesn't have any reservations about coming back so quickly.

"There's always (cause) for concern when it is your second, and I think we're playing it smart," Pitta said. "It's one of those things where it wasn't too severe, and so we don't have to be overly cautious about it, but we have to be smart with it this week. I feel normal, I feel fine. I don't have any symptoms, and so it's just one of those things where I should be back and ready to go."

With Todd Heap out last week with a hamstring injury, Davon Drewinactive and Pitta suffering his concussion very early on, Ed Dickson was the only tight end available for the Browns game.

As a result, the Ravens were forced to abandon their two-tight end packages and leave Dickson in to block most of the game. They shouldn't have that same issue this week, as Heap has made progress in his rehab and Pitta is optimistic that he'll be able to play against Cincinnati.

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