The Ravens are dealing with this camp nightmare right now after the team announced Monday that tight end Ed Dickson has a slight tear in his hamstring. This happened eight days after starting tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a season-ending dislocated hip.
Coach John Harbaugh classified this as a minor injury, and the Ravens need him to be right. The defending Super Bowl champions are 31 days removed from opening the season at the Denver Broncos on Sept. 5.
“We’re going to hold him back for a week or so, and we’ll see where we’re at,” Harbaugh told reporters Monday. “We’ll try to get him healthy. It’s going to be a matter of time, but it’s not going to be a long time.”
Many envisioned the Ravens using a two-tight end attack with Pitta and Dickson, but with Pitta done for the year and now Dickson banged up, the Ravens are down to just Visanthe Shiancoe. As the story points out, it's been 20 months since Shiancoe caught a pass in a regular-season game. It's been four years since he had over 50 receptions in a season. With the signing of Vonta Leach, rookie FB Kyle Juszczyk will focus on improving as a receiver as well.