Pitta cleared for contact, expected to play Sunday

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OWINGS MILLS - Tight end Dennis Pitta passed a baseline neurological test and has been cleared to play in Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.

He's listed as probable for the game.

"He's done baseline," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Pitta. "He's cleared."

Pitta was injured on Baltimore's opening possession of last week's win against the Pittsburgh, hit hard by middle linebacker Lawrence Timmons and safety Ryan Clark following a 5-yard catch across the middle.

He didn't return, although Harbaugh said Pitta's concussion-like symptoms had subsided by the end of the game.

Pitta practiced on a limited basis all week.

"I felt good all week and really have no issues," Pitta said.

Pitta is third on the team in both catches (38) and yards (381) and has three touchdowns.

INJURY REPORT: Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee/thigh) was a limited participant in practice for the third straight day Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against San Diego, although he seemed skeptical when asked whether he'd be active for the game.

He's been sidelined for each of the last three games.

Reserve cornerback Chris Johnson (thigh) is listed as doubtful after missing practice for a third consecutive day.

The Chargers, meanwhile, will likely be without starting left guard Tyronne Green (hamstring).

Green didn't practice this week and is listed as doubtful.

San Diego will also be without left tackle Jared Gaither (groin), who was placed on season-ending injured reserve Friday.

Gaither started each of the four games he played in this season, but had missed each of the last two games.

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