Dennis Pitta Dislocates Hip, Out For Season Opener

Baltimore Ravens Training Camp

Staying healthy during training camp is the key to a successful start of the regular season. Unfortunately for the Ravens, they’ve already lost one of their main offensive weapons.

During red zone drills, tight end Dennis Pitta attempted to haul in a jump ball while being defended by safety James Ihedigbo. Pitta fell to the ground and stayed there for a few minutes. Afterwards, he was taken back into the Under Armour Performance Center with a towel over his head. Minutes later, a stretcher was brought from the parking lot and taken into a shed the Ravens typically store Gatorade, and used by many players as an alternative entrance onto the practice fields.

Following practice, head coach John Harbaugh announced that Pitta had suffered a dislocated hip and would be unavailable for the September 5th season opener against the Denver Broncos. If Pitta has a type one dislocation, he could potentially miss 3-4 months. However, no further details are available.

This marks the second training camp injury for Pitta in consecutive years. Last season, Pitta suffered a broken hand on July 30th, but was ready for the season opener against the Bengals, catching five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Ed Dickson will now sit atop the Ravens depth chart and the injury likely means that Billy Bajema will make the team as a blocking option. Also of note, former Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe was a spectator at Ravens practice yesterday. No roster move had been made as of practice on Saturday, but the chances of him signing with the Ravens have got to be greater in the wake of Pitta’s injury.

11 Raves on “Dennis Pitta Dislocates Hip, Out For Season Opener

  1. Sdot on said:

    Now it’s really time to quit playing and sign Leach, move Juice to TE and slide Dickson out as a receiving TE. The rookie frustenburgh (I think I may have spelled that wrong) will provide depth be ause Pitta will probably be out for the first 4 weeks minimum of the regular season.

  2. catgirl54 on said:

    I’m sure Joe Flacco has a long face tonight, as Pitta was his favorite target. Boldin is gone, too, so there have to be some adjustments made in a hurry. I’m not really worried. Our team is resilient. Last year we had everything going against us and look what happened!

  3. biggus dickus on said:

    Next Man up,, shiancoe was highly rated out of college and never had a decent QB to throw him the ball,, I would love to see him signed,,, Pitta was awesome and will be hard to replace, but with our stacked defense we won’t have to score much to win…. If the other team doesn’t score a field goal wins it…lol :)

    • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

      Brett Favre was a pretty decent QB for the Vikings his first season there. Shiancoe clearly benefitted from that. But I get you..

    • melvin on said:

      I never got the sense that it is a career ending injury. The dislocation is a 4 month recovery. The fracture… it would depend on exactly where it took place…

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