OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is lost for the season after undergoing hip surgery, a major blow to the team's bid to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Pitta was hurt Saturday, the third day of training camp, when he
collided with safety James Ihedigbo in the back of the end zone while
going for a pass from Joe Flacco.
He was operated on Saturday night.
"Dennis out for the year," coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. "It's the
type of thing that he's not going to be able to come back from this
year. There's enough damage in there."
Harbaugh said Baltimore won't know the full extent of Pitta's injury
until getting the results of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam.
But this much is certain: Pitta won't be part of the team's effort to
win back-to-back titles.
Pitta was one of the centerpieces of the Ravens' offense during their
run to a Super Bowl championship last season, and he was expected to
take on an even bigger role this season after Baltimore traded top wide
receiver Anquan Boldin during the spring.
The 28-year old Pitta, a fourth-round pick of the Ravens in 2010, had
61 catches last year, second on the team behind only Boldin. His seven
touchdowns ranked second among receivers behind Torrey Smith.
Pitta also had 14 catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns in
Baltimore's four playoff games, including four catches for 26 yards in
the Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Visanthe Shiancoe, a 33-year-old free agent, played in only four games
last season with New England. But he played in all 16 games in each of
the previous nine seasons — the first four with the New York Giants and
the next five with Minnesota.
He has 243 career catches for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Shiancoe joined the team for practice Sunday and work Boldin's old
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