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John Harbaugh keeps door open for Dennis Pitta return

We were led to believe Dennis Pitta's 2013 season had been wiped out after he underwent surgery to repair a dislocated hip two weeks ago. That might not be the case.

We learned Monday that an unnamed Baltimore Ravens coach told TheMMQB.com's Peter King that Pitta could return at some point this season. The coach didn't know the percentage chance but said "it's not zero."

One day later, Ravens coach John Harbaugh has confirmed the team's hopes for its starting tight end. Harbaugh explained Tuesday that Pitta hasn't gone on injured reserve because they want to be sure he's actually done for the year first.

The hope stems from tests that were administered after the initial injury. Pitta didn't suffer any ligament or cartilage damage to the area around the hip, which considerably lessens the recovery process.

If the Ravens still are optimistic by September, they can stash Pitta on injured reserve, with a designation to return. The team did the same thing last season with Ray Lewis, who made a surprising return from a triceps injury to help lead Baltimore to a Super Bowl win.

The Ravens hope Pitta can pull off a similar trick.

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