Ravens’ Pitta sprains finger during scuffle
— 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.”
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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