After tight end Dennis Pitta went through surgery in order to replace his hip Sunday, it was confirmed that he would not be playing in the 2013 season.
"Dennis is out for the year," head coach John Harbaugh shared. "It's the type of thing that he's not going to be able to come back from this year. There's enough damage in there to preclude that."
They are still waiting for the results of an MRI, but, as Harbaugh said, there is too much damage in his hip in order to have Pitta return to the field this year. There was a small fragment that didn't allow Pitta to pop the hip back in place himself. Surgery was the only option.
Obviously this is a huge blow for the Baltimore Ravens. The Super Bowl champs were looking to Pitta to take on a larger part in the offense this season with the loss of Anquan Boldin. Pitta had also just signed a contract worth $2 million. The team was also interested in granting him a longer contract.
Now the search for a new tight end is on, one that has Pitta's strength, speed, and strong hands. Very recently, the Ravens signed veteran Visanthe Shiancoe from the Minnesota Vikings. He will compete for the second tight end spot behind Ed Dickson. Other tight ends from the roster to consider are Billy Bajema, Alex Silvestro, and Matt Frustenburg,