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Dennis Pitta participating in Ravens' voluntary conditioning program

Tight end Dennis Pitta is participating in the Ravens' voluntary conditioning program, which started Monday.

Pitta was shown in a video on the Ravens' official website. His career remains in doubt after he dislocated and fractured his right hip twice in the past two seasons.

The Ravens have said they are holding out hope that Pitta fully recovers and is able to play this season, but emphasized they probably won't know if he'll be able to play again until the summer.

Pitta is guaranteed $4 million under his five-year, $32 million contract regardless of whether he plays again.

Pitta injured his hip last September against the Cleveland Browns, underwent surgery and was placed on injured reserve.

Among the other players attending the workouts: quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Justin Forsett, cornerback Jimmy Smith, inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, wide receivers Marlon Brown and Kamar Aiken, nose tackle Brandon Williams, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, running...

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Ravens players Tramain Jacobs, Kamar Aiken sign exclusive-rights tenders

Ravens cornerback Tramain Jacobs and wide receiver Kamar Aiken both signed their exclusive-rights free agent tenders.

Jacobs' tender is $510,000, Aiken's tender is $585,000.

Aiken caught 24 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns last season as he played in every game.

Aiken had previous stints with the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.

Jacobs played in three games last season after being promoted from the practice squad.

Jacobs chose the Ravens after considering the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints.

Jacobs recorded 55 tackles, 13 pass deflections and two interceptions during two seasons at Texas A&M after the Louisiana native transferred from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

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Ravens WR Kamar Aiken upbeat about role next season as conditioning program begins

Kamar Aiken gradually earned the trust of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco as a downfield target last season, being counted on more frequently as their chemistry improved.

By the end of the year Flacco and Aiken were clicking; the wide receiver and special teams standout finished the season with a career-high 24 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns.

"I think he was able to gain more confidence in me," Aiken told The Baltimore Sun. "Of course, I always had confidence in him. For quarterbacks, it takes a while to get used to how you run and your personality with the routes.

"As the season went on, we got more comfortable with each other and what he expects from me as far as how to run certain routes. We got more in sync with each other."

Aiken has set his ambitions on increasing his role for next season. Reporting Monday to the Ravens' training complex for the start of a voluntary offseason conditioning program and to sign his $585,000 exclusive-rights tender, Aiken is upbeat about...

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NFL regular-season schedule will be released tomorrow

The Ravens started their offseason workout program in Owings Mills today.

Tomorrow, they'll learn when and where they'll officially kick off the 2015 season.

The NFL regular-season schedule will be officially unveiled tomorrow, starting at 8 p.m. The announcement will be carried live on the NFL Network.

At this point, the Ravens know who they'll face during the 2015 regular season. Their eight home games will be against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers.

Their road schedule features games against the Steelers, Bengals, Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.

Tomorrow's unveiling will answer several key questions: How many prime-time games will the Ravens get and will any of them be at home on Monday night? Where will the team's bye week fall? And did the league grant the Ravens back-to-back road games...

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Here's hoping Tim Tebow makes the Eagles

I hope Tim Tebow makes it in the NFL this time.

He is the fifth quarterback on the Philadelphia Eagles roster, and that certainly isn’t a good position. But when a player doesn’t give up on his dream, as long as he keeps his chances in perspective, I will root for him.

It’s still a longshot for Tebow, who has played for Denver, New England and the New York Jets. A lot of teams bring in four and five quarterbacks just so the starter and backup don’t get tired from all the repetitions they take before the start of the regular season.

But in coach Chip Kelly’s wild and imaginative offense, Tebow has a chance because of his running ability and elusiveness in the pocket. Hopefully, he has worked on his mechanics and throwing motion in the two years he hasn’t played.

Each preseason, it always seems that the media finds one college player, usually a quarterback, to focus on and the coverage gets out of hand. With Tebow, I never thought he was going to be a great quarterback in the NFL despite...

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Maryland defensive tackle Darius Kilgo has visited Bills, Redskins, Packers, Dolphins

Maryland defensive tackle Darius Kilgo has visited the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins, according to his agent, John Thornton.

Kilgo met with the New England Patriots prior to the Terps' Pro Day workout in College Park.

The 6-foot-2, 313-pounder played in the East-West Shrine all-star game.

At his Pro Day workout, Kilgo bench pressed 225 pounds 33 times and ran the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds.

Kilgo had 31 tackles, eight for losses and two sacks last season. As a junior, Kilgo had 37 tackles, 6.5 for losses, and 2.5 sacks. In his sophomore season, Kilgo had 40 tackles, five for losses, with a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.

Kilgo chose the Terps over Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn, East Carolina, South Carolina and Michigan State.

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