The Baltimore Ravens were dealt with a significant blow on Saturday with reports surfacing that starting tight end Dennis Pitta is expected to miss the entire 2013 season with a dislocated hip.
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta is expected to be out for the year with a dislocated hip, per ESPN source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 28, 2013
When reports surfaced that Pitta suffered a dislocated hip in practice on Saturday, the initial expectation was that he would be missing at least the regular season opener against Denver. According to Baltimore Beatdown, the injury occurred when Pitta was "attempting to come down with a jump ball in the end zone over safety James Ihedigbo. The two collided and fell to the turf." Eventually Pitta was carted off the field.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh addressed the injury with the media soon after practice concluded.
"Dennis has a a dislocated hip, so we'll have to take a look at it and see exactly what it is," Harbaugh said on Saturday. "The situation is a serious injury and he's going to be out for a while. He will not be in the Denver game. We'll just have to play through it and see how long it goes. We don't really have the numbers or the weeks right now and we'll just have to see."
Within a matter of hours, Pitta's season went from possibly missing one game to missing the entire season. After dealing wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the 49ers in March for a sixth round pick, Pitta was widely considered to be Flacco's middle-of-the-field target and red zone threat in 2013.
Pitta finished last year with a career-high 669 yards receiving on 61 receptions and seven touchdowns. In five games against the Bengals, Pitta generated 12 receptions for 136 yards receiving and two touchdowns.