Daily Caw: Recapping Day One of Ravens Minicamp – No Pitta, but Veterans Hit the Field


May 28, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) runs with the ball during training camp at the Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web.  Today we recap day one of Ravens mandatory minicamp, where we got to see and hear from several veterans.  But one vet who wasn’t on the field was Dennis Pitta, who hasn’t yet received medical clearance.

Dennis Pitta not medically cleared yetGarrett Downing, BaltimoreRavens.com

"“In minicamp, unless you’re cleared, you can’t come out to practice,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “Until he gets cleared by the doctors, he won’t be able to practice.”Pitta watched practice from the sidelines wearing shorts and a T-shirt, but did not participate in any drills. The Ravens have said throughout the offseason that they’re holding out hope that he can return, but there is no guarantee he will play again.“A couple of things are going to have to happen for him to play, ultimately,” Harbaugh said. “No. 1, he is going to have to be cleared by the doctors. No. 2 is he’s going to have decide he wants to play because obviously there is going to be some risk involved.”"

Introspective Terrell Suggs says the ‘show must go on’ without NgataJeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

"“Me and Haloti are very close, so it was definitely kind of weird coming back and him not being here,” Suggs said after the first of three mandatory workouts this week. “But the show must go on. We wish Haloti tremendous success until they play us. He will always be a Raven in spirit, but I’m just trying to cope with it right now.”"

Ravens veterans report to minicampAaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun

"Suggs and Dumervil weren’t the only established players making their first appearance of the offseason. After being absent for three organized team activities, cornerback Lardarius Webb, defensive end Chris Canty, offensive tackle Eugene Monroe and Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda reported for the minicamp at the Ravens’ training complex.Offensive tackle Rick Wagner (Lisfranc foot sprain) and center Jeremy Zuttah (hip surgery) remain sidelined as they rehabilitate from injuries, as do wide receivers Michael Campanaro (strained quadriceps) and Aldrick Robinson (sprained medial collateral ligament)."

Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe hoping to bounce back after injury riddled seasonAaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun

"“I had the knee and that shut me down, then I fought to come back and I went down again at the end of the year,” Monroe said. “It was the first time I had been on a playoff team and it kind of [stunk] that I wasn’t able to participate. I’ve been injured before, but to miss time and get to the playoffs and be hurt, it was tough. I’m in a great place mentally now.”"

Rookies face tough test this weekBo Smolka, CSN Baltimore

"It could be an enlightening three days for Ravens players and coaches. Rookie outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith blew by a couple of fourth-string tackles during an OTA drill. But what happens when he faces veteran Eugene Monroe, who skipped the OTAs? If Smith blows by Monroe as well, what does that say about Smith? Or Monroe, for that matter? Will Smith still look just as explosive when on the same field as Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs? The Ravens certainly hope so."

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda says he’s not concerned about pending contract talksAaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun

"Whereas many players might have concerns about their unresolved status, Yanda, 30, expressed confidence that it’ll work out eventually. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Yanda previously signed a $32 million contract in 2012 that included a $10 million signing bonus.“I’m focused on the mandatory minicamp right now,” Yanda said. “We’ll worry about that when the time comes. Right now, I’m focused on getting better as a football player.“I’m not too worried about it. We’ll get it done when we get it done. I’m not too worried about it.”"

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