Updated: Ravens TE Dennis Pitta Out For Season With A Dislocated Hip

Updating the previous report on Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta, who was carted off the practice field on Saturday, the official team website is now reporting via Twitter that Pitta suffered a dislocated hip and that he will at the very least miss the season opening game against the Denver Broncos.

This is indeed a big blow for the Ravens, but it doesn\’t appear as though that the injury will end his season. It was reported earlier that Pitta had a towel over his head when he was carted off and that is usually a sign that a player believes he is done for the season.

The Ravens still have tight end Ed Dickson to help carry the load, but behind him there isn\’t much depth. The Ravens like to use personnel packages that include two tight ends quite a bit, so this might somewhat alter what they like to do offensively until Pitta is able to return.

UPDATE OFTHE UPDATE: Adam Schefter of ESPN is now reporting that Pitta is done for the season. That\’s a huge blow for the Ravens.

  • VaDave

    This truly sucks. I hate it when guys go down, especially the good ones. We owe the Ravens big time and it’s always much sweeter when they are at full strength. Well. here’s to a speedy recovery Dennis.

  • T R

    poo baby.. my heart bleeds for him.. Black and Yellow

  • hergieburbur

    Shouldn’t that say out for the preseason?

  • NW86

    I thought that too, but then I read the update at the bottom that now maybe he is out for the season…

  • hergieburbur

    That would make more sense. Seems it would have to be a pretty severe dislocation to end his season at this point in the year…

  • CW

    There was a serious chance of a bad type of bone break as well as a dislocation. If he had the broken bone as well as the dislocation it would take upwards of three months just to start the rehab on his leg with a probably two months before he could even consider returning to the field. Seeing as the reports say he’s done for the year, that means it’s probable that he got the bad sort of broken bone.

    Even if he lucks out entirely and rehab is quick as well as the fracture mending fast, he’d still be out until Thanksgiving to Christmas at the earliest. Even then they’d be rushing him back and risking permanent disability and career ending injury to do it.

    Might as well call it a season for Pitta and hope to get him back at full strength next year.

  • hergieburbur

    Yeah, if there was a fracture like that, it makes a lot more sense.

  • Jason Brant

    Hip dislocations are way, way worse than shoulders. Ask Bo Jackson.

  • Bob Loblaw

    You can get nerve damage with hip dislocations so it might be more than a matter of his bones mending.

  • Bob Loblaw

    So it wasn’t heat stroke?

  • Bob Loblaw

    Or my grandma.

  • CW

    True, however I was going off of what the stated initial fears were by the medical staff.