Doctors suggested he quit.
Friends and family told him he should think twice about attempting another comeback. But Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta battled back after a second hip injury, and last Sunday caught 3 passes for 39 yards during a win vs. the Buffalo Bills.
Pitta, a major cog for Baltimore during the team’s 2012 Super Bowl run, injured his right hip in 2013 during training camp but still played late into the season. The same injury occurred in September 2014 — a fracture and dislocation — and Pitta gave thoughts to hanging it up.
“It meant a lot, being able to take the field, running out of the tunnel again,” he told the Associated Press. “It was something I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do. Extremely grateful and humbled to be back on the field with my teammates.”
Pitta’s time away from football amounted to two years.
“The last time I played in Cleveland was a pretty big low point. That was probably the lowest,” Pitta told the AP. “When you dislocate your hip for a second time in that many years, it’s tough. I didn’t know how I would respond, how my body would feel six months down the road, a year down the road.”
Pitta caught 61 passes for 669 yards in 2012 but his production slowly decreased because of the hip injuries. In 2013, he caught 20 passes for 169 yards in four games played. And, in 2014, he played in three games before being sidelined again.