Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta will miss time in the regular season after suffering a dislocated hip in Saturday's training camp practice, the team announced on Twitter. The team has apparently already ruled Pitta out for the Week 1 opener against the Denver Broncos which is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5.
Pitta is currently undergoing surgery on his hip to repair the damage, according to multiple reports.
Jason Butt of Baltimore Beatdown broke down the impact of Pitta's potential extended absence:
If it's anything major, this would be a serious blow to the Ravens' offense. Pitta is one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite targets on offense and accounted for 669 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012. Pitta is expected to see an extended role in 2013 with Anquan Boldin now in San Francisco.
The 28-year-old Pitta was injured when he collided with safety James Ihedigbo on Saturday during a training camp session. Pitta covered his head with a towel as he was carted off the field.
Ed Dickson, a third-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, will likely replace Pitta in the Ravens' starting lineup. Dickson finished with 21 receptions for 225 yards in 2012, compared to 61 receptions for 669 yards for Pitta.