Ravens TE Pitta injures hip again; status for 2017 uncertain

The Baltimore Ravens tight end re-injured his hip during practice on Friday, the team announced.

Pitta is undergoing tests to determine the severity of the injury, according to the team.

"Dennis is one of the great Ravens", Newsome said, "and he's done everything he can to make our team better".

Dennis Pitta's latest hip injury could be career threatening, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Pitta, 31, played 16 games previous year.

"I am not getting as many questions about my hip; that is one [difference]", Pitta said on May 25. He signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract in 2014. "It was important for me to stay". He returned later that season to catch 20 passes for 169 yards in the final four games of the season. He missed all of 2015 when it was determined unsafe for him to take the field, but he decided against retiring.

Not only did he lead the Ravens in receptions last season, but he was the only tight end who appeared in all 16 games. The possession tight end was apparently stretching to make a catch, fell to the ground and tried to get up, but couldn't put weight on his leg. But Pitta becomes the fourth of those six slowed by injuries. Benjamin Watson (Achilles) and Maxx Williams (knee) are expected to be back for training camp after surgeries, and Darren Waller is dealing with an undisclosed injury.

It's the second serious injury in as many days for Baltimore. Cornerback Tavon Young suffered a torn ACL on Thursday during OTAs.

  • Julie Sanders