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'Nothing definitive' on injured Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta's status

INDIANAPOLIS — The status of tight end Dennis Pitta remains unresolved as the Ravens await word on whether he'll be medically cleared to play football again.

Pitta -- without being hit -- dislocated and fractured his hip for the second time last September against the Cleveland Browns. He underwent surgery to repair the damage and has been rehabilitating, but it's unclear if he'll be able to play again.

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"I talked to the doctors and there's really nothing definitive," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine. "It's between Dennis and the doctors right now. So, I've got my fingers crossed, but only for what's best for Dennis. There's no way in the world that you want anything other than the fact that he can be safe."

During training camp in 2013, Pitta fractured and dislocated his right hip when he landed awkwardly on while trying to make a contested catch against strong safety James Ihedigbo. Pitta was later activated from injured reserve-designated to return list and caught 20 passes for 169 yard and a touchdown in four games.

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The Ravens signed him to a five-year, $32 million contract that included $16 million guaranteed, an investment made with assurances from doctors that a recurrence of the hip injury was extremely unlikely.

Pitta has made progress in his rehabilitation from the second hip injury.

"His hip is fully recovered in the sense that the blood flow is there and there's no lingering problem from either one of the injuries," Harbaugh said. "So, he's in great position to live a great life, which is the main thing. Whether it goes to the next step and he wants or is able to play football, that will be up to them. I'm like you. I'm waiting to hear."

Pitta is due a $4 million guaranteed base salary for next season.

"We have nothing to lose by just letting it play out," Harbaugh said. "He's got a guaranteed contract for next year. So, financially he's in good shape. We'll just have to see where it goes. We'll just plan accordingly."

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