Harbaugh: Pitta on schedule to return

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- ESPN's Ed Werder reported that Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta could return next month, and coach John Harbaugh sees that as a possibility.

"That sounds similar to what was said in August when we first heard the time frame," Harbaugh said after Wednesday's practice. "Nothing's changed as far as I know. Everything is on schedule. There have been no setbacks with Dennis."

Under that timetable, Pitta could possibly come back for the Week 11 game at Chicago or the Week 12 matchup against the New York Jets.

Pitta, who caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns in the Ravens' Super Bowl season, suffered a dislocated hip July 27 and needed surgery to repair it. Initially believed to be a season-ending injury, the Ravens placed Pitta on the injured reserve-designated for return list.

He is now eligible to return whenever he's healthy enough to play.

"We'll have to see how it goes," Harbaugh said. "Until we get him on the field and see him start running around, I think we'll know more. And I'm looking forward to that. That'll be interesting."

Without Pitta, Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson have combined to catch 30 passes for 358 yards and two touchdowns this season. The Ravens have missed Pitta in the red zone and on third downs, two areas where the offense has struggled.

"He's working his tail off rehab-wise," wide receiver Torrey Smith said. "It's always cool to see him in there and really see his progression. He's definitely looking a lot better. I think just the fact that you can even see him walking, considering what he's gone through, is awesome."