The Baltimore Ravens offseason overhaul left them with a lot of new faces in new places when training camp opened on Saturday, but a major injury will now leave them without one of their best returning players in tight end Dennis Pitta, who will miss the entire 2013 NFL season after suffering a dislocated hip in practice on Saturday:
John harbaugh says dennis pitta is definitely out for the year no way he can play at all
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) July 28, 2013
Pitta had surgery hours after suffering the injury, which occurred when Pitta collided with safety James Ihedigbo in the back of the end zone vying for a pass from Joe Flacco. Pitta lay prone for several minutes before being carted off the field. Doctors successfully extracted the bone fragments from Pita’s fractured and dislocated hip in a Saturday night surgery.
Pitta comes off a season in which he set career highs with 61 catches, for 669 yards and seven touchdowns for the Super Bowl champion Ravens. The fourth-year pro finished the 2012 NFL postseason with 14 catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns in four victories.
If he misses the entire year, the Ravens will have effectively lost two of their top three receiving targets in Pitta and receiver Anquan Boldin. Pitta’s 61 catches were tied for second with Ray Rice behind Boldin, who was traded to the San Francisco 49ers during the offseason.
Pitta, signed a one-year restricted free agent tender worth $2.023 million, was hoping to reach an extension with the Ravens in the midst of a contract year, and this injury will undoubtedly knock his value down,.