4:10pm: Head coach John Harbaugh confirmed to reporters that Pitta underwent hip surgery today and is out for the season (Twitter link via Tom Pelissero of USA Today).
MONDAY, 2:27pm: Pitta will undergo surgery to repair the damage to his dislocated hip, and team sources believe he also suffered a fracture, says Wilson (via Twitter).
SUNDAY, 4:56pm: Pitta suffered a dislocated hip and tests tomorrow will check for a fracture, tweets Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports.
4:16pm: The Ravens fear that Pitta is done for the season, tweets Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.
2:53pm: Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was carted off of the field in in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Browns and Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun writes that he appears to have injured the same right hip that cost him most of his 2013 campaign. There’s no official word on Pitta’s status just yet, but it’s clearly bad news for the talented tight end.
Pitta suffered a fracture and dislocation of his hip in July of 2013 and didn’t see the gridiron until December. Pitta emerged as a true offensive talent in 2012 when he hauled in 61 catches for 669 yards and seven touchdowns. His strong play continued into the postseason, where he hauled in touchdown passes in three of the Ravens’ four playoff contests, including their Super Bowl XLVII wn over the 49ers. In the Super Bowl win, Pitta had four receptions for 26 yards and a score.
The 29-year-old was off to a strong start through two weeks this season, including a ten catch, 83 yard performance in the opener against Cincinnati. Pitta had three catches for 12 yards against Cleveland today before his injury.
In the interim, without Pitta, the Ravens will have to rely heavily on two-time Pro Bowl tight end Owen Daniels. The veteran hauled in two touchdowns against the Steelers but isn’t quite as explosive as a healthy Pitta.