As snow falls today at M&T Bank Stadium, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta and several other players are testing their footing and running routes hours before kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings.
The players didn't appear to have major problems gaining traction, but they were obviously careful running and cutting in the snow. With temperatures around 28 degrees, the snow is sticking on the field. One to two inches of snow has been forecast by The Weather Channel.
With the wintry weather today, it could be a day when both teams opt to run the football. That's already the Vikings' game plan since they have the top running back in the NFL in Adrian Peterson, who leads the league with 1,208 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.
Pitta was activated from the injured reserve-designated to return list Saturday after undergoing surgery in July to repair a fractured, dislocated hip. He's expected to return in a limited role today.
He appears to be moving well while catching passes from quarterback Joe Flacco and has made excellent progress since returning to practice Nov. 20 from what initially was regarded as a season-ending injury.
Because Pitta didn't suffer ligament damage and had a clean break with a bone fragment removed from the hip, he was able to recover in time to make it back for the Ravens' stretch run as they continue to chase the sixth and final AFC playoff berth.
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