The Baltimore Ravens are going to have to work their magic to start the season as their starting tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip in practice today, and will miss week one against the Denver Broncos. Pitta suffered the injury due to a collision with safety James Ihedigbo in the red zone going for a jump ball according to BaltimoreRavens.com.
The Ravens were already thin with players capable of working in the slot with Anquan Boldin departing earlier in the offseason, and Pitta was expected to take more of Boldin’s role entering the season. But obviously, that will be put on hold at the moment.
“Dennis has a dislocated hip,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh noted today via Baltimoreravens.com. “We’ll have to take a look at it and see exactly what it is. It’s a situation, it’s a serious injury and he’s going to be out for a while. He will not be in the Denver game, and we’ll just have to play it from there and see how everything goes.”
This is a difficult time to get hurt if you are Pitta, who signed his tender this offseason that is worth $2.023 million for the 2013 season, and is expecting a long-term extension soon.
This also puts more pressure on second-string tight end Ed Dickson, who is in a contract year himself with a tender of $1.32 million for the 2013 season. Dickson will most likely be the top target along with receiver Torrey Smith for Joe Flacco at the moment, as the Ravens will once again go through changes in offensive personnel entering this season. If there is anytime for Dickson to perform like the third-round pick investment the Ravens made on him in 2010, it is now.