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Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta not medically cleared, not allowed to practice in minicamp

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta. (Ron Schwane, USA Today Sports)

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta won't practice during mandatory minicamp this week as he attempts to come back form a major injury.

Pitta hasn't been medically cleared by doctors and his career is in doubt as he tries to return from his second fractured and dislocated right hip within the past two years.

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Pitta also has to decide if he wants to attempt to play after getting hurt last September against the Cleveland Browns without even being being hit. Pitta underwent surgery on his hip for the second time last fall and was placed on injured reserve.

Unlike previous offseason practices, Pitta wasn't allowed to take part in individual drills and he just watched practice from the sideline.

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"A couple of things are going to have to happen for him to play ultimately," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Pitta, who's guaranteed $4 million this season under his five-year, $32 million contract, regardless of whether he plays again. "No. 1, he has to be cleared by the doctors. And, No. 2, he has to decide if he wants to play because obviously there will be some risk involved. He hasn't been cleared by the doctors.

"As you've seen before, he's been doing the individual part of practice. Minicamp, unless you're cleared, you can't come out to practice. I don't know if that's a rule or our policy, but that's the way it goes.  Until he gets cleared by the docs, he won't be able to practice and we'll just have to see where that goes from here."

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