Dennis Pitta Out For Year With Dislocated Hip
The Baltimore Ravens will have to move to the next man up at the tight end position. Per reports, star tight end Dennis Pitta will be lost for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season thanks to a dislocated hip he sustained in Baltimore’s week two win over the Cleveland Browns.
Pitta Has Surgery
Pitta underwent surgery on Monday to repair the dislocated hip, which he injured on a short pass early in Sunday’s contest. Pitta has previously suffered a dislocated hip prior to the 2013 NFL season, as well, and missed all but four games a year ago. Here in 2014, Pitta was able to make it through just three games before his hip gave out on him, yet again.
It’s a rather troublesome development for the 29-year old pass-catcher, who has now had two very serious injuries to his hip. In addition to a second dislocation of the hip, Pitta sustained a fracture, as well.
Pitta is on the shelf for the remainder of the year, and could suddenly be looking at the possibility of retirement. Pitta is still in his prime and is on the books for a guaranteed five-year deal that he signed before last season. If he wants to put in the work to make a successful return, the Ravens won’t have much of a choice but to back him. Whether or not it’s worth the effort or if Pitta is up to the task, however, is an entirely different question.
Next Man Up
Long-time Texans tight end Owen Daniels, who was signed on as depth over the summer, will step up as Baltimore’s lead tight end. While Pitta is the better athlete at this point in his career, the two actually have a very similar playing style and the efficiency of the position won’t have much of a drop-off. Daniels was already paying off early on, as the 31-year old had already hauled in 10 catches for two scores.
Daniels will step into the starting lineup on a full-time basis starting in week four when the Ravens take on the Carolina Panthers.
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