Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has decided not to play this season after doctors told him it would be unsafe to do so. Team officials and the coaching staff were on the side of the doctors. And, I'm guessing, so were even the most diehard fans of Baltimore football.
As he enters his second NFL season, Crockett Gillmore acknowledges that he has a lot to learn, but he has become the leader of the league's youngest tight end group out of necessity. When the Ravens open the regular season against the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Sports Authority Field, they can look to the opposite sideline for a reminder of the young movement that they've undergone at the tight end position.
The NFL scouting combine is in a couple of weeks, unofficially starting the league's silly season. But even though the NFL draft is still three long months away, draft analysts continue to update their mock drafts.
As wide receiver Anquan Boldin thrived with the San Francisco 49ers this season with 85 receptions with 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns, the Ravens were simply unable to replace his physical presence outside.
Following a disappointing 8-8 season in which the Ravens failed to qualify for the playoffs after making it the previous five seasons under coach John Harbaugh, they face another challenging offseason filled with difficult personnel and salary cap decisions.
The Ravens signed eight members of their practice squad to reserve-future deals today. That includes former University of Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg, who finished the season on the practice-squad injured list after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco made it through the final full practice of the week without further injuring his sprained left knee. Flacco, who practiced on a limited basis all week while wearing a brace on his left knee, was listed as questionable on the injury report but on Sunday is expected to make his 108th consecutive start.
As the Ravens started their final full-scale practice before Sunday's showdown against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium, quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice were both on the field.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is practicing for the second consecutive day after suffering a low-grade sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee Monday night against the Detroit Lions. Flacco is wearing a protective brace on his left knee this week in practice and will do so Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Although the Ravens left little doubt that quarterback Joe Flacco will line up Sunday against the New England Patriots despite an minor sprained left knee, he won¿t do so without taking a precautionary measure. A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed that Flacco suffered a low-grade sprain of his medial collateral ligament, according to a source. Consequently, Flacco will wear a protective brace on his knee Sunday for the first time in his NFL career after being fitted for the equipment and started using it Wednesday during a light workout where he wasn¿t limping noticeably.
Fullback Vonta Leach was an afterthought during Monday night's 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta played fewer snaps and more observations after looking at the official snap counts.
Following a week where he created unwanted headlines when he called Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson "pretty old," Elam intercepted a Matthew Stafford pass in the final minute to preserve the Ravens' 18-16 victory Monday night at Ford Field.
Dennis Pitta made his season debut in Sunday's 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens tight end played 36 of the team's 85 offensive snaps and had six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was officially activated from injured reserve-designated to return today prior to a 4 p.m. NFL deadline, clearing the way for him to make his return to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Pitta participated in team drills all week without incident after being limited to individual That included making a diving catch for a touchdown and landing on his surgically-repaired right hip and bouncing up unfazed, according to a source.