Ravens’ Pitta sprains fin­ger dur­ing scuf­fle

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— Den­nis Pitta has grown tired of an­swer­ing ques­tions about his twice-in­jured hip.

On Mon­day, af­ter the Bal­ti­more Ravens hosted the first of two open train­ing camp prac­tices at M&T Bank Sta­dium, the ques­tions were in­stead asked about his fin­ger.

The vet­eran tight end left prac­tice early af­ter get­ting into a scuf­fle with rookie line­backer Ka­malei Cor­rea. Head coach John Har­baugh said Pitta sprained a fin­ger in the al­ter­ca­tion and will be out for “a lit­tle while.”

Push­ing and shov­ing is a nor­mal sight at NFL train­ing camps, but Pitta is not a reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant. The seven-year vet­eran said it was the first prac­tice fight he has been in since col­lege.

“Nor­mally I don’t have a lot of rea­sons to fight peo­ple, but I felt like there was a rea­son,” Pitta said. “With­out go­ing into de­tail, I think there was some af­ter-the-whis­tle stuff that wasn’t nec­es­sary. Me and K.C. al­ready talked about it, so we’re good.”

He said he didn’t feel the sprain oc­cur in the mo­ment.

“I just felt like I jammed it,” Pitta said. “We just took a look at it and it’s a lit­tle bit more than a jam.”

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Pitta said he doesn’t ex­pect to miss much time, but will be cau­tious at this time of the year to make sure that it heals prop­erly.

Pitta’s in­jury his­tory – he frac­tured and dis­lo­cated his hip twice in just over a year – is no laugh­ing mat­ter, but quar­ter­back Joe Flacco seemed to get a kick out of the lat­est one.

“He got his lit­tle baby in­jury that he al­ways gets in camp and gets him­self out of a week of camp. That’s bet­ter than break­ing his hip though,” Flacco joked. “It’ll put him on the side­line for a lit­tle bit and pro­tect him for a lit­tle bit.”

Pitta ad­mit­ted that he was glad to not be an­swer­ing ques­tions re­lated to his hip for once, but his quar­ter­back’s jab did not go un­no­ticed.

“I like shift­ing fo­cus,” Pitta said. “For­tu­nately, it wasn’t any­thing se­ri­ous, so we can laugh about it and all that. I heard Joe say ‘It’s a good thing he didn’t break his hip again,’ which isn’t that funny, Joe.”

Cor­rea de­liv­ered a hard hit to wide re­ceiver Mike Wal­lace mo­ments later. Flacco de­cided he had seen enough and de­cided to ad­dress the rookie.

Flacco joked that his words to Cor­rea weren’t nice, but that he is pro­tected be­cause he has a “big army” be­hind him.

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