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Pitta toiled seven days a week to get back. All that work paid off Sunday, when he joined his teammates for his first game of the year.
"Seeing him Saturday night when I dropped him at the hotel, he was as happy as a little kid," Mataya said.
Although the game was played in the snow on an icy field, Pitta ran his routes with confidence. It was almost as if he never left.
Maybe the 7-6 Ravens — who play Monday night at 7-6 Detroit — wouldn’t be struggling to reach the playoffs if Pitta had been around from the beginning.
"He catches the football, he’s in the right place, he runs routes, he knows how to get open," Flacco said.
Even the guys on the other side of the ball realize Pitta’s value.
"Everybody knows I’m his biggest fan," Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "I’m happy to see him back out there doing what he does best, and that is helping us win games."
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