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.