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Ravens Notebook: Dickson, Pitta both expect to be game-time decisions

OWINGS MILLS - Injured tight ends Ed Dickson (shoulder) and Dennis Pitta (hand) both anticipate being game-time decisions for Monday night's season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"We just prepare ourselves each day and we hope to play," Pitta said Wednesday. "Obviously, we don't know at this point. We'll see how it feels in the next few days. We're doing everything we can to prepare ourselves to play obviously because we want to be out there to help our team."

Dickson voiced a similar sentiment.

"I think it will come right up until game-time," Dickson said. "We're basically on the same plane. We're day-to-day in practice and leading up to the game and a decision."

Pitta broke his hand during the first week of training camp. He had surgery July 31.

Dickson suffered a sprained shoulder while making a 9-yard touchdown catch during the Ravens' preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons Aug. 9.

Both players have been practicing on a limited basis since Aug. 25 and coach John Harbaugh has been pleased with the progress both players have made since that point.

Dickson and Pitta combined for 94 catches, 933 yards and eight touchdowns last season with Baltimore often operating out of two tight end sets designed to get both players on the field at the same time.

"They seem to be ahead of schedule, both of those guys," Harbaugh said last Friday.

UPSHAW, YANDA EXPECT TO PLAY: Outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw (shoulder) and right guard Marshal Yanda (knee) both expressed confidence regarding their availability for Monday night.

Upshaw aggravated his strained right shoulder during the Ravens' preseason finale last week, but said Wednesday he's "most definitely" going to play in Monday's opener against Cincinnati.

"Treatment's [gone] well," Upshaw said. "I feel great."

Yanda was injured during a training camp practice Aug. 20 when outside linebacker Chavis Williams was blocked into his right leg.

He missed each of the last two preseason games, but said he's now completely recovered and "ready to roll" for Monday night.

"I feel great," Yanda said. "I'm 100 percent. The knee's good ... I wasn't going to fight through it during the preseason and make it worse. We were just going to let it heal all the way, and that's what it's done."