Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has a fractured hip and will miss the entirety of the 2013-14 NFL season, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. It was previously reported that Pitta had suffered a dislocated hip during Saturday's training camp practice.
Pitta was carted off the field after colliding with safety James Ihedigbo early in practice. Hip injuries are particularly debilitating for athletes and taking all the necessary time to rehabilitate and recover is the most important thing for Pitta going forward.
As noted by Breer, Ed Dickson becomes a very important player for the Ravens. Dickson was Pitta's backup last season, playing in 13 games and catching 21 passes for 225 yards and no touchdowns. Pitta, on the other hand, really emerged last season with 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns.
It's a tough break for Baltimore and Pitta, given that the tight end has made several "potential breakout player"-type lists heading into this coming season, probably due to his 163 yards and three touchdowns during last year's Super Bowl run.