Dennis Pitta To Undergo Hip Surgery, Out For Season
By Brett Foote
Sep 21, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) is carted off the field against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
5:07 p.m. update: John Harbaugh confirmed in his Monday press conference that Dennis Pitta will miss the remainder of the season following his surgery.
Dennis Pitta had his dislocated right hip popped back into place on Sunday, but will still need to undergo surgery to repair damage, according to Aaron Wilson at The Baltimore Sun. Wilson reports that Pitta will remain in Cleveland to have the surgery performed. The hip that Pitta injured is the same one that caused him to miss most of the 2013 season as well.
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If Pitta does indeed have a fracture to go along with the dislocation, it would be identical to the injury he suffered last season. It’s a tough break for the star tight end and most likely a season ending procedure. Pitta returned from the injury to appear in four games last season, but a repeat injury would likely keep him out for even longer.
The Ravens are likely already considering options to replace Pitta’s production, and possibly a change to an offensive scheme that relies heavily on two tight end sets. Look for the team to make a roster move as soon as they have a handle on the seriousness of Pitta’s injury along with a timeline.