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Ravens release Dennis Pitta after hip injury

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Dennis Pitta’s NFL career appears to be over. His time with the Ravens is definitely over.

The Ravens announced today that Pitta’s contract has been terminated after he suffered the third serious hip injury of his career at Organized Team Activities. The team said Pitta was released with an injury waiver.

The release gives Pitta the opportunity to sign with some other team, although presumably he wouldn’t be able to pass a physical this year, and his hip may never be healthy enough to pass a physical again.

The 31-year-old Pitta played in just four games in 2013, three in 2014 and none in 2015 because of hip injuries. He rebounded in 2016, however, to lead the team with 86 catches. His hip injury last week was a devastating blow, and now he’s done in Baltimore.

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29 Responses to “Ravens release Dennis Pitta after hip injury”
  1. Flash1287 says: Jun 7, 2017 1:21 PM

    He shouldn’t want to play for that scumbag owner anyway

  2. grogansheroes says: Jun 7, 2017 1:21 PM

    Boy, that’s some loyalty right there.

  3. mindelm42 says: Jun 7, 2017 1:28 PM

    and people wonder why OBJ skips OTA’s

  4. ameilius says: Jun 7, 2017 1:28 PM

    I would assume he’s going to retire after this one…

  5. imissedreed says: Jun 7, 2017 1:37 PM

    Tragic. Great TE and great chemistry with Joe when he was on the field. Can’t blame the Ravens here they probably stuck with him longer than most other teams would have. He had a couple really good years and was a big part of a super bowl winning team. At least he had peaks to match the valleys and got one really good contract before having to call it. Wishing him well in whatever he decides to do next.

  6. krabballs says: Jun 7, 2017 1:40 PM

    Probably a miracle he came back last year, but a shame nonetheless.

  7. bullcharger says: Jun 7, 2017 1:40 PM

    It was a big accomplishment to play last year, but I hope he can now get back to a reasonable level of health so he can have a great life outside of football.

  8. weepingjebus says: Jun 7, 2017 1:46 PM

    Sad, I liked him and he gave it all he had with multiple rehabs. Time to enjoy family and new opportunities.

  9. bmoritz2003 says: Jun 7, 2017 1:47 PM

    This is a shame to see. He seemed like a good player, but with three major hip injuries, it’s time to walk away while you still can.

  10. sportoficionado says: Jun 7, 2017 1:49 PM

    Cold world. Just out right release, seems harsh. I get his career is more than likely over but the man put in work for the organization coming back from two other similar injuries.

  11. guitarkevin says: Jun 7, 2017 1:51 PM

    I’m surprised he made it back onto the field last year. I hope he realizes he should just hang it up. It was great having him on the Ravens. When healthy he made some amazing plays.

  12. 400marios says: Jun 7, 2017 1:55 PM

    So sad.

    With his stats last year he clearly had some gas left in the tank.

  13. navyvandal says: Jun 7, 2017 1:59 PM

    Good luck Dennis, as long as you have invested your money wisely, your great grandkids should be set up for lifr. I always liked Dennis and how hard/well he played. It sucks when the league loses a standup guy like him. I only hope my guy GRONK can stay healthy this season 😑.

    -Patriots Fan.

  14. jamaltimore says: Jun 7, 2017 2:00 PM

    Sad story. Pitta was a great Raven!

  15. kenflood says: Jun 7, 2017 2:03 PM

    Nothing but love and respect for the hard playing Raven.

  16. tb12x4 says: Jun 7, 2017 2:08 PM

    cut throat ravens …..bunch of low life ownership and management

  17. thelongestgoodbye says: Jun 7, 2017 2:11 PM

    Before everybody on here slams the Ravens for the release, remember this is the same team who kept him employed and honored his previous contracts after 2 hip injuries. Yes he restructured after the last injury.
    This is a business, they need 2 million to sign a WR or someone to replace Pitta.

  18. ihavenoeyedeer says: Jun 7, 2017 2:17 PM

    I look forward to the multiple daily articles until Dennis Pitta gets signed by another team.

  19. timmmah10 says: Jun 7, 2017 2:18 PM

    I don’t think it’s cut throat. I think the article title makes it sound negative. Maybe Pitta told them he’s done…

    “The Ravens announced today that Pitta’s contract has been terminated after he suffered the third serious hip injury of his career at Organized Team Activities. The team said Pitta was released with an injury waiver, which likely means he and the team have settled on how much money they owe him going forward.”

    They are going to pay him a sum of money to walk away. I assume this is the end of the road for Pitta after a hard fought battle to get back on the field.

    I hope he finds something to take place of the void football will leave. Someone willing to go through the pain and rehab of a dislocated hip once clearly loves the game, his body is just failing him.

  20. mlhigh says: Jun 7, 2017 2:20 PM

    If you can’t play, you don’t get paid. Pretty simple.

  21. youreasoldierbodie says: Jun 7, 2017 2:27 PM

    ugly side of the business but necessary move for the Ravens. Dennis embodied everything you want out of a player. Good Luck to him on whatever he decides to do next (hopefully its on the field somewhere).

  22. tylawspick6 says: Jun 7, 2017 2:33 PM

    classy franchise!

  23. dregonspengler says: Jun 7, 2017 3:00 PM

    sportoficionado says:
    Cold world. Just out right release, seems harsh. I get his career is more than likely over but the man put in work for the organization coming back from two other similar injuries.

    So what do you want them to do? He can’t play now, and the multiple dislocated hips combined with his age means he probably done for good.
    You can’t hold on to a guy that’s taking up a roster spot and counting against your salary cap if he can’t get on the field, and likely never will again.
    He will receive an injury settlement, but it’s the only thing the Ravens or any other team in a similar situation can do. Loyalty by either side does not factor into the equation.

  24. demstopper says: Jun 7, 2017 3:46 PM

    I would not be surprised if he remains around the team as a coach or something like that. He is a great Raven and will no doubt be in the Ring of Honor before long.

  25. youreasoldierbodie says: Jun 7, 2017 4:01 PM

    demstopper says:
    Jun 7, 2017 3:46 PM

    I would not be surprised if he remains around the team as a coach or something like that. He is a great Raven and will no doubt be in the Ring of Honor before long.

    Ring of Honor? Great Raven but slow down.

  26. harveyredman says: Jun 7, 2017 4:04 PM

    mlhigh says:
    Jun 7, 2017 2:20 PM
    If you can’t play, you don’t get paid. Pretty simple.
    ______________________________________

    And if you play better than your contract you should get a new contract getting paid more. Pretty simple.

    Careers don’t last long in this league, get paid while you can and sit if they don’t pay you because as soon as Management can they will cut you and find the next meat in line.

  27. absolutevisuals says: Jun 7, 2017 5:59 PM

    “mindelm42 says:
    Jun 7, 2017 1:28 PM
    and people wonder why OBJ skips OTA’s”

    EXACTLY. You can do similar conditioning training alone/ with other athletes, without the lower risk of injury. You don’t hear much about the guys skipping OTAs being injured.

  28. imodan says: Jun 7, 2017 7:55 PM

    demstopper says:
    Jun 7, 2017 3:46 PM
    I would not be surprised if he remains around the team as a coach or something like that. He is a great Raven and will no doubt be in the Ring of Honor before long.
    ————————————————————–
    Never made the pro bowl or named an all pro. That said, there is a guy who got away with murder up there so the standards are pretty low.

  29. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Jun 8, 2017 7:48 AM

    Just wow. Anyone thinking this is cold or harsh has no clue. They stuck by him over the last 5 years as he came back twice from the same injury. Some might argue he shouldn’t have tried to come back the second time. It’s finally obvious to Pitta that it’s over.

    He was a gamer but his hip isn’t.

    Spoken as a Steelers fan.

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