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.

29 responses to “Ravens release Dennis Pitta after hip injury

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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).

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. “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.

  15. 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.
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    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.

  16. 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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