The optimism surrounding quarterback Joe Flacco’s impressive performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night will likely ramp up a bit after tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta returned to practice Saturday.
The tight ends spent the portion of practice open to the media working with tight ends coach Wade Harman. Pitta then jogged to special teams where he stood in as the upback for the punt team.
Pitta wore a red, non-contact mesh over his usual jersey. Dickson did not wear a similar jersey, but a soft wrap peeked out from under his right sleeve.
Dickson had been sidelined since Aug. 9 when he sprained his right shoulder catching a 9-yard touchdown pass from Flacco in the second quarter of an eventual 31-17 win against the Atlanta Falcons.
Pitta broke a bone in his right hand while attempting to make a block during practice on July 30. He had worn a wrap around his hand until pregame warm-ups against the Jaguars when he worked out on the field at M&T Bank Stadium.
Their return overshadowed the list of players who were not present for Saturday’s practice. Right guard Marshal Yanda sat out Tuesday’s session and Thursday night’s game with a right knee injury.
Others who also did not participate include linebackers Ricky Brown (unspecified), Josh Bynes (cracked vertebrae), Stevie Baggs (unspecified) and Darryl Blackstock (unspecified), safeties Emanuel Cook (broken right leg) and Sean Considine (concussion), rookie wide receiver Tommy Streeter (unspecified), offensive tackle Jah Reid (strained calf) and defensive tackle Ryan McBean (broken left ankle).Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times