Pitta appears OK after concussion

Pitta appears OK after concussion
November 20, 2012, 12:00 am
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Dennis Pitta went out with a concussion in Sunday’s game, but he should be available for the Ravens when they play at the San Diego Chargers.

Pitta had a 5-yard reception in the first quarter of a 13-10 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers but didn’t return to the game.

"He was fine. At the end of the game, he showed no symptoms," coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "He is feeling really good today, so he should be fine. But he will have to go through the protocol that we put our guys through. It’s a very strict protocol."

The surprise scratch for the Ravens came along the defensive line when tackle Terrence Cody didn’t dress. He had an elbow injury leading up to the game but it didn’t appear serious.

"We did not think it was going to be an issue. We thought he was going to be fine. The swelling just never came out of it," Harbaugh said. "We went out in pre-game, and we thought he was going to be there. Then I got the bad news, right before we turned in the numbers, from (defensive line coach) Clarence Brooks that just he could not lock out like he needed to hold off the run game. So, that’s why he didn’t go."

After sitting out against the Oakland Raiders a week ago, tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder) came out of the Steelers game relatively healthy. Safety James Ihedigo had a neck strain and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is still having issues with injuries to thumbs on both hands.

Chris Johnson, who was signed last week, played only six snaps before a hamstring strain knocked him out in the second quarter.  Ed Dickson, the other tight end, tweaked his ankle.

Defensive end Pernell McPhee missed his third game in a row with a knee injury. McPhee declared he was 100% last week, something Harbaugh disputes.

"He’s a good guy, and he’s working hard. There was no setback and he’s on schedule," Harbaugh said. "This week is a possibility. Last week –- in all fairness -– was not a possibility."