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Ravens get some good news on Pitta


Given that Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta will miss the entire season after suffering a dislocated hip, good news is a relative term.

That said, the Ravens got good news Monday.  Pitta’s injury resulted in no ligament or cartilage damage, coach John Harbaugh announced.

When the hip pops out and back in to its socket, damage to surrounding tissue is possible.  For Pitta, that didn’t happen.

“Basically, the ball was pushed out of the socket and pushed backwards,” Harbaugh said.  “It’s an injury that happens a lot of times in car accidents.  He got his knee caught up under him in an awkward way when he fell.”

Harbaugh also said that the hip has a fracture, but “it’s in the back part of the bone, and it’s in the big part of the bone, and it’s a very tight fracture.”

Pitta will begin to rehab in six-to-eight weeks.

“Nothing has changed as far as our plans as far as the season goes,” Harbaugh said.   “We want him to be back in the future at 100 percent.”

They may not get him back.   Pitta is due to become an unrestricted free agent next year.  If the Ravens don’t sign him to a new contract or apply the franchise tag, he’ll hit the open market.

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17 Responses to “Ravens get some good news on Pitta”
  1. taosravenfan says: Jul 29, 2013 10:18 PM

    He’ll be back. You heard it here first.. Ozzie will franchise
    Him next year if need be.

  2. blackngold4life says: Jul 29, 2013 10:21 PM

    That’s good to hear..

  3. fordmandalay says: Jul 29, 2013 10:23 PM

    Hope the guy recovers completely. Damn I hate all these insanely early injuries.

  4. anhdazman says: Jul 29, 2013 10:35 PM

    Bo Jackson had a very rare hip injury accident that wasn’t diagnosed properly which eventually ended his playing career.
    Hopefully, doctors pay close attention to Pitta’s injury to make sure that won’t be the same case again.

  5. buzzbeaubank says: Jul 29, 2013 10:40 PM

    I am ecstatic! Who cares about 2013 if there’s a good chance he’s back at 100% for training camp? Next man up! Take your time Dennis and be ready to dominate again in ’14 and cash in then.

  6. ken14andersonforhof says: Jul 29, 2013 10:46 PM

    hope he makes a complete comeback, and comes back as strong as ever…. dang good TE..WHO DEY!

  7. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 29, 2013 10:48 PM

    Good news, relatively speaking.

    Ironically, even with a bad hip he’s still their most dangerous weapon. Yikes.

  8. jziii says: Jul 29, 2013 10:58 PM

    Gawd, that sounds unbelievably painful. I wouldn’t blame him if he never wanted to play football again. Hope he heals up okay. Is it any surprise some players get hooked on pain killers after going through injuries like this?

  9. kcredandgold says: Jul 29, 2013 11:03 PM

    i’m an orthopaedic surgeon and there is nothing good about this at all. if the hip dislocates, the ligament that keeps the hip in the socket MUST tear. also, it sounds like he had a posterior wall acetabular fracture. this is NOT good. high risk for avascular necrosis (see bo jackson) or posttraumatic hip arthritis. nothing positive about this at all.

  10. Gordon says: Jul 29, 2013 11:06 PM

    Hearing the description of the injury, & visualizing it makes me nauseous. Hope this guy gets better. He’s a solid TE.

  11. jonnydapat says: Jul 29, 2013 11:42 PM

    Hope the young man returns and has a long, successful career.

  12. pops410 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:06 AM

    One of the secret reasons the Ravens are so good is that Baltimore has the Number One rated hospital in the U.S. Trust in the Wizard of Oz and Trust Johns Hopkins ….

    (don’t know if JH was the med facility used – but couldn’t resist a plug for Baltimore)

  13. i10east says: Jul 30, 2013 6:14 AM

    I Pitta the fool who think that B-more will win the championship again! #overshadowedbydc

  14. rockthered1286 says: Jul 30, 2013 7:39 AM

    “They may not get him back. Pitta is due to become an unrestricted free agent next year. If the Ravens don’t sign him to a new contract or apply the franchise tag, he’ll hit the open market.”

    It’s also worth noting that Ed Dickson is a UFA after 2013 as well. Pitta being out gives Dickson a full season to show his worth and try to earn more money in free agency, or value himself to the point where the Ravens want to slap the tag on him.

  15. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Jul 30, 2013 9:05 AM

    Very good news. Season ending is bad enough, but I’m glad it’s not career ending.

  16. scoobies05 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:52 AM

    and with 2 dislocated hips hes still better than whatever the steelers have. get well dennis

  17. ravensdominate says: Jul 30, 2013 12:10 PM

    Best franchise in the league

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