After the departure of so many key players from this past season’s Super Bowl roster, the last thing the Baltimore Ravens need in 2013 is a bunch of injuries. With a new-look defense in place, many of the team’s familiar faces now reside on offense. Minus the the trade of Anquan Boldin, the Ravens’ offense is mostly intact – that was until Saturday, when head coach John Harbaugh confirmed that Dennis Pitta has a dislocated hip.
“Dennis has a dislocated hip. We’ll have to take a look at that and see exactly what it is. It’s a serious injury. He is 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 to see how long it goes.”
This is a very bad way for the Ravens to start their defense of the Lombardi trophy. Pitta is one of the game’s up-and-coming stars at tight end and 2013 figured to be a breakout season for him. He slowly worked his way into the rotation over the past three years and also was clearly becoming one of Joe Flacco‘s favorite targets.
The good news, though, is that this injury won’t end Pitta’s season. A dislocated hip is extremely serious, but it’s a better injury to have than a torn knee ligament. All is not lost for the tight end in 2013, as long as Baltimore lets him properly heal and he’s not rushed back.
While this is an unfortunate, and pretty big bump in the road for the Ravens, it’s nothing they can’t overcome. At the same time, having Pitta back at 100% will greatly increase their chances of returning to the postseason.
**Update** Pitta has now been ruled out for the season. The Ravens are in trouble.
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