Ravens tight end Ed Dickson has a small hamstring tear, multiple media outlets, including the club’s website, said Monday.
The injury, however, does not appear serious, based on accounts of coach John Harbaugh’s comments Monday on the injury. According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Harbaugh indicated the club doesn’t intend to add another tight end for the time being.
“We’re going to hold him back for a week or so, and we’ll see where we’re at,” Harbaugh said of Dickson on Monday, per BaltimoreRavens.com. “We’ll try to get him healthy. It’s going to be a matter of time, but it’s not going to be a long time.”
With Dickson out, Visanthe Shiancoe, Billy Bajema, Matt Furstenberg and Alex Silvestro are the Ravens’ options at tight end. Dennis Pitta, the top receiving option at the position in 2012, suffered a season-ending hip injury early in camp.
Given Dickson’s importance to the offense, a minor injury is good news, and it makes little sense to rush him back. In the short term, the Ravens can continue to see what they’ve got beyond Dickson on the depth chart.