The Ravens haven't completely ruled out the possibility however slim that starting tight end Dennis Pitta might potentially be able to return late in the season from a dislocated and fractured right hip.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh had previously said that Pitta would be unable to come back this season and wasn't even a candidate for the injured reserve-designated to return list but altered that stance a bit Tuesday to at least factor in what still appears to be a medical long shot.

Pitta underwent surgery to repair the damage including the removal of a small bone fragment and he remains on the active roster. The reason why the Ravens now have some optimism about Pitta's outlook is that the injury is regarded as a relatively clean break with magnetic resonance exams revealing no cartilage or ligament damage.