Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta's season might not be over quite yet.
Pitta was injured in late July suffering a dislocated hip. He had surgery to repair the hip and had a bone fragment removed. At that time, coach John Harbaugh said Pitta was not a candidate for the injured-reserve-designated-to-return designation because the injury would take more than a year to recover from sufficiently.
But Pitta did not suffer any ligament or cartilage damage, which is why the Ravens think he might still be able to contribute late in the season.
The Ravens can't use the designation until next week.
"I would say things are progressing favorably toward that," Harbaugh told the Baltimore Sun. "He's doing a really good job. I saw him today. He spent some time with (team owner) Steve Bisciotti today, too."
The league allows a team to use the "designated to return" transaction only once. And while the health of other players will be weighed, Harbaugh knows how important Pitta is to the Ravens' office.
"Dennis is a great player," Harbaugh explained. "And this is an opportunity that seems like it might make sense."
The short-term IR rule was instituted last year and allows a team to keep one player on injured reserve who will be available to be activated after eight weeks.