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Ravens TE Ed Dickson has minor hamstring tear

Ed Dickson, Donte Whitner AP

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.

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31 Responses to “Ravens TE Ed Dickson has minor hamstring tear”
  1. walkedintoabar says: Aug 5, 2013 5:53 PM

    Ravens could have the FB they drafted from Harvard – Luke Klkshabfoihfjkbli or something – slim down and try TE. Apparently he has great hands, and has to be at least decent at blocking to be a FB

  2. xwherezwaldox says: Aug 5, 2013 5:53 PM

    Is Mike Flacco going to get a phone call?

  3. qwerty007qwerty007 says: Aug 5, 2013 5:56 PM

    Pre-season claims another victim. Seems to me the team to beat will be the one who gets through this period with the least season ending injuries.

    Anyone keep any stats on how many injured players there are as compared to previous years?

  4. truetrue85 says: Aug 5, 2013 6:06 PM

    Remember when the Ravens’ GM opened his mouth about the Patriots investing in Gronkowski and Hernandez? Karma…

  5. deathonwings410 says: Aug 5, 2013 6:09 PM

    This sucks.

  6. rockthered1286 says: Aug 5, 2013 6:34 PM

    I’ve said it since the Pitta injury- Furstenburg will work his way up the ranks and prove to be a potent weapon for Joe. Only a matter of time now.

  7. randomcommenter says: Aug 5, 2013 6:40 PM

    This is good for Raven fans. Now they will be able to blame their mediocre playoff less season on injuries.

  8. jzone954 says: Aug 5, 2013 7:09 PM

    If Flacco is as good he he claims to be, they should be fine. Next man up

  9. skeeter17 says: Aug 5, 2013 7:47 PM

    How many more injuries can this team take at the tight end position. I always thought pitta and dickson were one of the more under rated pairs at their position. They cant count on visante hes always been hurt. Dont like to see anyone get hurt hope its not a lingering injury. And no im not a ravens fan either im actually a steelers fan but these two guys always seem to play well.

  10. greenpacker says: Aug 5, 2013 8:06 PM

    Matt Furstenburg is sick! He definitely has more production potential than an aging Shianco. Given an opportunity he’ll surprise people

  11. wryly1 says: Aug 5, 2013 8:11 PM

    Well, Ravens fans here have been insisting all the veteran starters they lost meant nothing – so they shouldn’t think the natural NFL course of injuries that affect every team will make a difference either.

  12. moreringsthanyou says: Aug 5, 2013 8:18 PM

    Got news for ya gang. Dey ain’t no such thing as a “minor” tear of a muscle. Particularly one that you use on every play. He will be gimpy all year long. Book it. You are welcome.

  13. terryobitts says: Aug 5, 2013 8:57 PM

    Fursty chance to shine!!

  14. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 5, 2013 9:14 PM

    The beginning of the End. Ha Ha Ha . World Chumps.!!!!!!!

  15. t8ertot says: Aug 5, 2013 10:34 PM

    0-16

  16. ddogdaddy says: Aug 5, 2013 11:00 PM

    It is only “minor” if it isn’t happening to you.

  17. raiderapologist says: Aug 5, 2013 11:00 PM

    Is there any such thing as a minor muscle tear for a professional athlete?

  18. doe22us says: Aug 5, 2013 11:01 PM

    moreringsthanyou says:
    Aug 5, 2013 8:18 PM
    Got news for ya gang. Dey ain’t no such thing as a “minor” tear of a muscle. Particularly one that you use on every play. He will be gimpy all year long. Book it.

    Do hamstring injuries have a tendency to pop back up.. yeah sure, but if its properly healed 3-4 wks, and he stretches adequately before a game he should be fine. Currently recovering from my second one in 5 wks.

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 5, 2013 11:39 PM

    Don’t draft another TE, go for a fullback to beef up the run and 2yd passing game.

    Hope Dickson gets back soon. Shamarko’s looking forward to formally introducing himself with a good ole fashion plastering.

  20. lovefootball4life says: Aug 6, 2013 10:27 AM

    Only thing this means is he won’t be getting any full speed reps for a couple weeks. Given were we are in the pre-season it shouldn’t matter that much since he’s been a starter, knows the offense, and clearly isn’t on the bubble to be cut. Once he heals, he knows and team doctors know about the hammy, so they’ll collectively be more careful.

    This is where Flacco makes his money and proves his status. Truly good, franchise QBs, can take what they are given, lead well, execute flawlessly, and still win.

  21. jtbsteeler says: Aug 6, 2013 11:18 AM

    All of that luck from last season has caught up to you.
    Three days until Ozzie calls T. O.

  22. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    I wish there was a Superbowl for gloating over injuries and inappropriate behavior. Steelers’ fans would have a lot more than six rings.

    And JTBsteeler, please put on a diaper. In the event Ozzie signs a receiver, I don’t want you drenching your Big Ben Underoos.

  23. jtbsteeler says: Aug 6, 2013 12:21 PM

    There’s no doubt Ozzie will see what I see, an inept receiving corp and no one besides Jacoby Jones and Smith who are capable of catching “jumpballs”. He knows that for Joe to be successful they need at least 4 of those type.

  24. steelerben says: Aug 6, 2013 1:53 PM

    Hope Dixon doesn’t end up suffering from this all year. A bad hammy can really linger, especially for a tight end that has to run routes and block. I’d rather see the Ravens field the best team they can, it makes the division that much more fun to watch.

  25. johnnybgood19 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:54 PM

    Your kidding… right… the ravens dont have a player named firstandtenberger… and their keeping the guy a secret…..

  26. lovefootball4life says: Aug 6, 2013 2:01 PM

    jtbsteeler says: Aug 6, 2013 12:21 PM

    “There’s no doubt Ozzie will see what I see”

    That’s wrong on so many levels.

    So Mr. Arm Chair GM who is the best jump ball catcher out there available? Earlier you said T.O. That has never been his strength.

    If Ozzie thinks he needs someone to catch jump balls, which to non-trolls really means a strong possession receiver who struggles to get separation for critical short yardage passing plays, he may just look at one of the 12 receivers on staff who may be just as good as who is in FA.

  27. scoobies05 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:17 PM

    jb…are you really comparing your football knowledge to ozzie newsome’s? i know you are about to soil yourself over the thought of the ravens picking up a fa receiver but take it easy pal. fyi, i see colbert has been signing lots of guys lately. is he inept or just trying to improve the team

  28. cfeeley52 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:33 PM

    truetrue85 says:
    Aug 5, 2013 6:06 PM
    Remember when the Ravens’ GM opened his mouth about the Patriots investing in Gronkowski and Hernandez? Karma…
    ——————————
    how is that karma? both of these players are still in their rookie contracts. Unlike the Pats we don’t stand to lose tons of money if these players aren’t on the field. If anything this just proves Ozzie was right again. So what was that about karma???

  29. cfeeley52 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:37 PM

    moreringsthanyou says:
    Aug 5, 2013 8:18 PM
    Got news for ya gang. Dey ain’t no such thing as a “minor” tear of a muscle. Particularly one that you use on every play. He will be gimpy all year long. Book it. You are welcome.
    ————————————
    Actually there’s a textbook definition for that, it’s called a grade 1 sprain. Recovery time is 1-3 weeks. You are welcome.

  30. cfeeley52 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:40 PM

    larrydavid7000 says:
    Aug 5, 2013 9:14 PM
    The beginning of the End. Ha Ha Ha . World Chumps.!!!!!!!
    —————————–
    I thought you guys considered “the beginning of the end” March and April when we lost all those players. So now you’re admitting we were fine after those departures? but after a minor hamstring tear it’s all falling apart? Gotcha…

  31. scoobies05 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:57 PM

    larry still think its 1986 and the redskins matter. he is just an angry skins fan
    steelerben i am with ya. games are much better when both teams are at full strength. enjoy your season(but not too much)

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