I can't speak for injured tight end Dennis Pitta, nor would it be fair if I tried. I also want to point out that Pitta hasn't spoken to the media since he suffered the hip dislocation in training camp, so it's impossible for us to truly know how or what he is feeling. However, we do know that Pitta hasn't resumed practicing yet, meaning his return to game action isn't imminent. Because of that, it's fair to wonder how the results of the Ravens' next couple of games could impact his potential return. The Ravens are set to embark on a stretch in which they have three games in 15 days. If they fall out of the playoff race during that stretch, could that lead to Pitta shutting his comeback for the season and opting instead to continue to strengthen his hip and make sure he is ready for 2014? Or does Pitta, who will be a free agent at season's end, want to play regardless and show the Ravens and every other NFL team that he is healthy and deserving of a lucrative long-term contract? I don't have the answers to those questions, but I do think it's a situation worth following. I think everybody knew that the Ravens would miss Pitta, but I'm not sure anybody expected his absence to have this significant of an effect.