Major news came our way from the Baltimore Ravens training camp yesterday, Saturday July 27th. Tight End Dennis Pitta was carted off the practice field after colliding with Safety James Ihedigbo. The word "carted" alone had an ominous feel to it.
Sure enough, it was reported that Pitta had dislocated his hip.
"We'll have to take a look at it and see exactly what it is," head coach John Harbaugh commented. "It's a situation, it's a serious injury and he's going to be out for a while."
It's already been decided that Pitta will not be playing in the Ravens opener in Denver. What games he will miss after that will be decided when the injury is further evaluated.
With the Anquan Boldin trade, Pitta was going to be counted on to step up for the team. Someone has to get all the touches Boldin would and the 28-year old tight end seemed like the perfect option. He has great hands and can make a catch in traffic. He's big and can barrel over players and is even fast enough to outrun most linebackers.
But now the Ravens will have to look into other options at the tight end position, at least for now. Whether the injury is season-ending or not, the team must find players to replace Pitta.
Fourth year player Ed Dickson is the next man in line for the job. Over the past two seasons, he's had 75 catches. Dickson has also had some quality starts for the team, giving him some good experience. Other tight ends on the roster are veteran Billy Bajema, first-year player Alex Silvestro, and undrafted rookie Matt Furstenburg.
"We have some weapons," offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said. "And we're just going to have to have some guys make plays for us."