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Ravens’ Dennis Pitta Fractures Hip, Done For Season

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The Ravens will have to defend their title without Dennis Pitta. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images.
The Ravens will have to defend their title without Dennis Pitta. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images.

Dennis Pitta, tight end for the Baltimore Ravens, is going to miss the entire 2013 NFL season. The initial prognosis was for at least six games after he was diagnosed with a dislocated hip in practice following a collision with S James Ihedigbo, and an MRI revealed a fracture that will cost him the year.

“Dennis is out for the year,” coach John Harbaugh told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “It’s the type of thing he’s not going to be able to come back from this year. There’s enough damage in there.”

Pitta signed his franchise tender after not receiving any offers in the offseason as a restricted free agent. Now, he’ll have to hope that he makes a full recovery and is able to come back strong in order to land a big deal.

The Ravens offense already lost Anquan Boldin in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers, and now QB Joe Flacco will be without one of his favorite targets in Pitta. WR Torrey Smith has established himself as their No. receiver, but Flacco will need more help than him if they hope to make a deep run in 2013.

Ed Dickson will play a substantially larger role in Baltimore’s offense, and the Ravens also added veteran TE Visanthe Shiancoe to boost their depth.