Pitta, Reed Recovering From Concussions

TEs Dennis Pitta and Todd Heap were full participants, while WR/KR David Reed was limited.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

The Ravens’ heads are clearing up.

Rookie Dennis Pitta practiced fully Wednesday after leaving Sunday’s game in Cleveland with his second concussion of the season.

The rookie fourth-round pick took a hit to the side of his head on the opening kickoff. He took an impact test Wednesday morning.

Pitta said he never had a concussion before entering the NFL. He also suffered one in Week 7 against the Buffalo Bills.

“There’s always cause for concern when it’s your second,” Pitta said. “I think we’re playing it smart. It’s one of those things where it wasn’t too severe. I feel normal, I feel fine. I don’t have any symptoms.”

Pitta said he’s expecting to practice as much as he can this week and will be “ready to go Sunday.”

Kick returner and wide receiver David Reed (wrist/head) is closer to a return after missing last week’s contest with a concussion. He said he was previously nauseous, had headaches and troubles sleeping.

“I’m feeling a lot better,” Reed said. “I can’t wait to get back out there.  It was tough to watch the game on TV, because I wanted to be out there.”

Meanwhile, the Ravens also had veteran starting tight end Todd Heap back as a full participant. Heap, who has sat out the past three games, practiced on a limited basis throughout last week but was a game-time decision to be inactive.

Head Coach John Harbaugh said on Monday that Heap has a “great chance” of facing Cincinnati.

Center Matt Birk (knee), linebacker Tavares Gooden (shoulder), linebacker Prescott Burgess (illness) and safety Tom Zbikowski (back) missed practice.

The Bengals had three starters miss practice, including wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (ankle), tight end Jermaine Gresham (knee) and cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle). Running back Bernard Scott (toe) and linebacker Dan Skuta (back) also missed practice and pass-rushing rookie defensive end Carlos Dunlap (shoulder) was limited.

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