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'Nothing definitive' set for Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta's future

John Harbaugh has his "fingers crossed" that Dennis Pitta will be able to play football again.

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Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is at a crossroads in his career.

On one hand, he would love nothing more than to return to the game he loves and compete at the highest level. On the other hand, he's suffered the same devastating injury — a fractured and dislocated hip — two years in a row. Regardless of what his doctors say this time, the thought of re-injury has to be prevalent in his mind.

At the NFL combine, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that while everything medically appears fine with Pitta, it's on the tight end himself to make that next decision.

"I talked to doctors, there’s nothing definitive. I have my fingers crossed and it’s all about what’s best for Dennis," Harbaugh said. "There’s nothing in the world that we want more than for him to be safe. I’ll say this; his hip is fully recovered with the blood flow there. There are no lingering problems from any of the injuries. He’s in great position to live a healthy life which is the main thing. Whether it goes to the next step, if he plays football, I am like you, I am waiting to hear. We have nothing to lose by just letting it play out. He has a guaranteed contract for next year so financially, he’s in good shape. We will have to see where it goes and plan accordingly."