Pitta was reported to have injured his finger during a practice fight to begin this month, and now it's been revealed by an MRI that he broke the finger in the process. To prevent further damage, Pitta is being held out of play, as he's unable to catch passes. Considering the circumstances, it's obviously a less than ideal injury for the tight end, who was just returning after not playing for the past two years due to hip problems.
Pitta was already dealing with a hip injury that cost him nearly two full seasons before injuring his finger on Monday. The altercation was with linebacker Kamalei Correa. It's unclear how severe the injury is but Pitta should be considered day-to-day for the time being.
Pitta hasn't played in a game since September 2014, when he suffered a fractured and dislocated right hip for the second time in two years. Retirement was a real possibility at one point, but Pitta reportedly looked good during the Ravens' offseason program. Now 30 years old and still carrying significant risk of re-injury, Pitta will need to compete for a role on a team that also has Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams at tight end.
Attempting to bounce back from a second dislocation of his right hip, the 30-year-old Pitta apparently looked good at OTAs and minicamp. He was once a leading target for close friend Joe Flacco, but even if Pitta proves to be much the same as he once was, the Ravens have a ton of competition for snaps at tight end, with Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) and Maxx Williams also in the mix. Pitta hasn't played in a game since September of 2014, and he will always be at added risk for suffering another severe hip injury, which would almost certainly spell the end of his career. He already considered retiring, but instead decided to give it one last shot after sitting out the entire 2015 season.
Pitta's return to practice after missing all of last season due to a serious hip injury is a step in the right direction for the veteran tight end, but OTAs are nowhere near as physical as what he'll be up against when the
|P4||9/1/16||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|11||11/20/16||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/12/16||@ NE||8:30 pm|
|16||12/25/16||@ PIT||4:30 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
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