Tight end Dennis Pitta has a broken finger stemming from his practice fight with rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa on Aug. 1 and he will continue to miss time as the bone heals, Head Coach John Harbaugh announced Monday.
Pitta suffered the injury during the open practice at M&T Bank Stadium Aug. 1, and it was initially believed to be a strain. But further testing revealed he had a fracture, and he has not practiced since getting hurt.
“It’s absurd that it happened,” Harbaugh said. “We need to get him back as soon as we can, but it’s not going to be this week. A bone has to heal.”
It's tough luck for Pitta who is working his way back from a second hip surgery. In addition to losing the veteran tight end for nearly all of training camp, there is also a concern with that the injury could linger once he does get back on the field. The Ravens are deep at TE with Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams.
Training camp injuries to Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, Daniel Brown and Pitta have left the Ravens with three healthy tight ends at times, including two, Darren Waller and Nick Boyle, who will miss the first four and 10 games, respectively, for violating the NFL drug policy.
It hasn't stopped offensive coordinator Marc Trestman from calling plays for his tight ends.
The tight ends responded with 11 catches for 105 yards, including five for 48 yards by Waller, a converted wide receiver, the story said. Watson has been one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite targets throughout training camp. Watson will likely open the season as one of the starting tight ends, along with Gillmore, who returned to practice Monday after missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury. Pitta remains sidelined with a sprained finger, the story all said.
By the end of Monday's practice, the Ravens were left with just one tight end (Benjamin Watson) who wasn't injured or facing suspension, and nearly half of their wide receivers are sidelined.
The Ravens' tight end group was hit hard again Monday, when Maxx Williams and Daniel Brown both left practice early. Williams suffered a noncontact injury, and Brown took a vicious shot to the chin from cornerback Sam Brown.
Coach John Harbaugh initially indicated Williams' injury wasn't serious.
Crockett Gillmore injured his hamstring on July 29 and hasn't returned. Dennis Pitta has been out since spraining his finger on Monday. With Williams and Brown hurt, the Ravens were down to Watson, Darren Waller and Nick Boyle in Monday's practice.
Tight end Dennis Pitta, who sprained his finger in a scuffle during Monday’s open practice at M&T Bank Stadium, is out as expected.
Pitta didn’t practice at all last year as his twice-broken and dislocated hip was never well enough for him to get on the field. Pitta contemplated retirement in the offseason, but restructured his contract with the team in order to give it another go.
After the first two practices, Pitta told reporters that he’s not thinking about his hip unless he’s being asked about it and that he feels his chemistry with quarterback Joe Flacco hasn’t suffered as a result of his long layoff.
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta was one of the more active and productive offensive players for the past couple of weeks. Pitta is moving well and caught just about everything thrown in his direction. He’s always going to be at risk of reinjuring his hip, but for now, Pitta feels good and looks like he can be a significant contributor.
After two hip surgeries in as many years, Pitta has been practicing for the past three weeks and looked good in practice, but the final call, as Head Coach John Harbaugh said Monday, would be made by the doctors.
Doctors advised Pitta not to play because it isn’t safe, and though he could have overruled them, he and his family chose not to do so.
Monday, November 9, 2015, 3:39pm
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta has until Wednesday to officially declare whether he’s going to play this season. Pitta opened the year on the physically unable to perform list, and Wednesday marks the last day the Ravens can move him to the 53-man roster.
The team has put the decision in Pitta’s hands after he suffered serious injuries to the same hip in back-to-back years.
“It’s up to Dennis,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said two weeks ago.
Pitta first returned to the practice field Oct. 21, kicking off a 21-day window where he was allowed to practice without counting against the roster. He has continued to practice for the last three weeks, but hasn’t given any update on his future.
The plan going into those practices was for Pitta to see how his body responded and then make a final call.
If Pitta doesn’t feel like he’s ready to play again, the Ravens would place him on season-ending injured reserve. Pitta could technically attempt to make a return in 2016, but he previously suggested that it’s now or never for him.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 12:01pm
The Ravens want to see how Pitta is doing. He's still not likely to make much of a fantasy impact this season.
Monday, September 7, 2015, 3:08pm
The buzz surrounding 2015 second-round pick Maxx Williams continues.
Williams, the first tight end selected in the draft, very likely will be the top rookie at his position, and he'll help fill the void left by Owen Daniels going to the Denver Broncos in free agency and Dennis Pitta remaining on the physically unable to perform list. He has great hands and has a knack for making plays (see the fourth down-and-20 conversion in the preseason opener).
History, though, says expectations should be tempered. This isn't just for Williams, but for all of the rookie tight ends, including Clive Walford (Raiders), Tyler Kroft (Bengals), Blake Bell (49ers) and MyCole Pruitt (Vikings).
The story went on to say: In the last 10 seasons, there were just three rookie tight ends who caught more than 50 passes in their first season: John Carlson (2008), Jermaine Gresham (2010) and Tim Wright (2013). There were seven with over 500 yards receiving and eight with over four touchdown catches. So, what should be the realistic goals for Williams? Based on the track record of rookie tight ends, 40 catches and 400 yards would be a very solid season.
Baltimore placed tight end Dennis Pitta on the physically unable to perform list, as Head Coach John Harbaugh previously indicated would happen.
Pitta, who is still rehabbing after his second major hip surgery, will not be eligible to play until Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 26. Pitta could make his return on Monday Night Football, but that’s still in question.
“There’s more to it than just, ‘Can he play?’” Harbaugh said two weeks ago. “Should he play? Will he be cleared to play? And what is being cleared to play entail in terms of liability and things like that? There’s a lot to it that has to be worked out.”
Pitta participated in individual and position drills during Organized Team Activities, but once the Ravens put the pads on for training camp, Pitta was held out. He hasn’t had any contact since dislocating and fracturing his hip on Sept. 21, 2014. Pitta has also run routes on the field before each of the Ravens’ preseason games. He appears to have good mobility and explosion, but still needs to gain permission from doctors to suit up, the story all said. Crockett Gillmore and rookie Maxx Williams are expected to carry the load. Williams is a rookie so Gillmore is ranked higher but perhaps the upside falls with Williams. Keep in mind, rookie TEs don't always have an immediate fantasy impact, but this will be a little more of a pass-friendly offense under Marc Trestman.
Pitta will remain on the physically-unable-to-perform list as he recovers from a second surgery on his hip. Harbaugh revealed Tuesday that the best-case scenario is a midseason return for Pitta, who has played just seven games the last two seasons after dislocating the same hip twice.
"There's no urgency at this time," Harbaugh said via ESPN.com. "We'll be talking about a midseason type of thing if he did it. We just have to see where it goes."
Crockett Gillmore is currently atop of the Ravens' depth chart at tight end, with second-round rookie Maxx Williams looking like a solid No. 2 so far. Fifth-round pick Nick Boyle will also be in the mix for playing time. As we said about Gillmore, he's improving as a pass-catcher but is more of a blocker while Williams could be the team's long-term solution at the position.
The Ravens placed tight end Dennis Pitta and free safety Terrence Brooks on the physically unable to perform list, an unsurprising development considering the severity and timing of their respective injuries.
Pitta has rehabilitated his surgically repaired right hip after fracturing and dislocating it for a second time last September. However, it remains unclear if he'll be medically cleared to play again. Pitta is likely to begin the regular season on the reserve list and would be required under NFL rules to miss at least the first six games of the regular season.
With Pitta out, Crocket Gillmore and Maxx Williams are vying for snaps as the team's starter, and Gillmore (a former third-round pick) reportedly has the edge on the rookie Williams.
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta is likely to begin training camp and the regular season on the physically unable to perform list, according to NFL sources. If Pitta began the season on the reserve list, he would be required to miss at least the first six games of the season.
Pitta hasn't been medically to practice since his second serious hip injury in as many years. He has rehabilitated the hip to the point where he's able to do some route running and individual drills, but wasn't allowed to fully participate during the Ravens' offseason practices.
Crockett Gilmore and Maxx Williams are vying for snaps at tight end, a position that was heavily involved in Marc Trestman's offense during his days in Chicago.
Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website believes that TE Crockett Gillmore has a good chance to break out: Gillmore showed strong hands last year and they have only gotten better. He struggled with drops last training camp. So far this summer, he’s hardly let a ball touch the ground. He’s had another year in the offensive system, so he won’t be thinking as much on the field. Plus, Gillmore is massive. He was a big guy last year, but added 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason. He’s still got the ability to stretch the field, which he showed by catching numerous jump balls in Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp. Flacco seemed to develop a real comfort with Gillmore during the practices.
Gillmore is more of a blocker than a receiver but as the article notes, Gillmore has improved in that facet of the game. There is opportunity at the position with Dennis Pitta still sidelined and Owen Daniels in Denver, but the team drafted Maxx Williams as the long-term answer, so it's not clear how big of a receiving role Gillmore will have in 2015. Martellus Bennett shined under then-HC Marc Trestman in Chicago, so there is some upside for whoever wins the starting job in Baltimore. Fantasy-wise, rookie tight ends are notoriously disappointing, so this may be a muddled situation this season.
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