Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 11:18am
The uproar after Week 1 was how much the Baltimore Ravens missed wide receiver Anquan Boldin, and the Ravens certainly would benefit from his toughness and clutch plays. But the Ravens miss tight end Dennis Pitta much more than Boldin.
Pitta, who is on the injured reserve-designated for return list after injuring his hip in training camp, may have been the Ravens' leading receiver at this point. Now, the tight end position is one of the biggest weaknesses for the defending Super Bowl champions.
The Ravens have gotten little production out of Dallas Clark, Ed Dickson and Billy Bajema. The team is especially disappointed in Dickson. The Ravens' tight ends have scored no touchdowns and have produced no catches more than 20 yards. Pitta had seven touchdowns and eight receptions greater than 20 yards. Entering the season, the Ravens looked like they were in better position to handle the loss of Pitta more than the void left by the trade of Boldin. But undrafted wide receiver Marlon Brown, who has filled Boldin's spot in the starting lineup, leads the team with three touchdowns, the story points out.
Pitta dislocated his hip in the team's first contact practice of training camp in late July, and the Ravens originally believed it was a season-ending injury.
But Pitta didn't suffer ligament or cartilage damage, which gives him a chance to come back toward the end of the season.
Pitta could potentially return in Week 9, but that probably isn't feasible. It's more likely that he'll return for the fantasy playoffs, but he's not worth a long term stash unless your league has an IR slot.
Friday, January 4, 2013, 6:24pm
Thursday, September 27, 2012, 7:19pm
Torrey Smith is active for Sunday Night Football after spending the day away from the team with his family. If you waited on him, you're starting him.
Monday, September 10, 2012, 5:59pm
Sunday, December 5, 2010, 10:44am
The Rams receiving corps has been helped by the emergence of rookie WR Danario Alexander, who takes about 20 snaps off per game in order to alleviate pain on his bad knees. The Rams may try more no-huddle on offense after rookie Sam Bradford used it effectively in last week’s first road win of the season in Denver. Bradford, who seems destined to break every rookie quarterback record, marched the Rams 80 yards in 12 plays, facing only two third downs, en route to a Michael Hoomanawanui TD catch of 36 yards. Hoomanawanui, known as "Illini Mike", will miss this game, meaning Billy Bajema must pick up the slack.
Friday, October 15, 2010, 6:05pm
Friday, October 1, 2010, 6:16pm
Sunday, September 26, 2010, 3:07pm
Friday, September 24, 2010, 6:02pm
Thursday, September 23, 2010, 6:03pm
Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 7:12pm
Rams TE Billy Bajema (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Bejema along with TE Michael Hoomanawanui will not be available this weekend. TE Daniel Fells (knee) also missed practice Wednesday. It looks like rookie Fendi Onobun might be called upon this week against the Redskins.
Monday, September 20, 2010, 4:09pm
TE Billy Bajema has a MCL injury and will miss two to four weeks. DT Darell Scott has a high ankle sprain and will miss extended time.
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