End of the Road for Tight End Dennis Pitta After Latest Hip Injury?
The career of tight end Dennis Pitta may be over after he was released by the Baltimore Ravens due to his latest hip injury that he suffered during team's OTA session last week.
The Ravens announced the move on their official website, using an injury waiver to release Pitta, according to NFL.com. The move will save the Ravens $2.5 million in cap space.
Pitta suffered the injury when he reached for a pass during practice. He fell to the ground and couldn't put weight on his leg when he got up. Doctors later confirmed the hip injury, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
Adam Schefter of ESPN said Pitta may need additional surgery, adding the tight end may call it a career after suffering his third hip injury.
Pitta's hip problem started in 2013 when he fractured and dislocated the joint during training camp after colliding with teammate James Ihedigbo during practice.
After suiting up for three games in 2014, Pitta dislocated the same hip against the Cleveland Browns. The injury forced the Ravens to shut him down for the rest of the season.
"Dennis is one of the great Ravens, and he has done everything he can to make our team better," said general manager Ozzie Newsome after Pitta suffered the injury.
After undergoing two surgeries and missing three seasons, Pitta played all 16 games last year. He led all tight ends with 86 receptions for a career-best 729 yards and two scores.
The Ravens signed undrafted rookie tight end Barrett Burns, who played collegiate football at Appalachian State, to fill Pitta's vacant roster spot.
The Ravens also have Benjamin Watson, Crockett Gillmore, Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams (knee) and Darren Waller at tight end.
A 2010 fourth-round pick out of BYU, Pitta played seven years for the Ravens, making 224 catches for 2,098 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII.
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