Ravens TE Den­nis Pitta out with frac­tured fin­ger

Har­baugh calls in­jury ab­surd, ridicu­lous, sad

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— When Den­nis Pitta first in­jured his fin­ger in a train­ing camp scuf­fle, the in­ci­dent was joked about in the Ravens’ locker room af­ter­ward.

It wasn’t so funny Mon­day when head coach John Har­baugh an­nounced that the tight end ac­tu­ally frac­tured the fin­ger and will miss at least an­other week.

“It’s ab­surd that it even hap­pened. It’s a break in the fin­ger, as it turned out, when they did the MRI,” Har­baugh said.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at Bal­ti­more’s first sta­dium prac­tice on Aug. 1 when Pitta found him­self in a scuf­fle with rookie linebacker

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Ka­malei Cor­rea. The in­jury was ini­tially di­ag­nosed as a sprain, and quar­ter­back Joe Flacco joked that his good friend Pitta “got his lit­tle baby in­jury that he al­ways gets in camp and gets him­self out of a week of camp.”

The in­jury turned out to be more serious and Har­baugh isn’t laugh­ing.

“They’re afraid that if he gets it hit again, then they may have to put a screw in it. It’s just that kind of a frac­ture,” he said. “It’s ridicu­lous. It’s sad and I’m dis­ap­pointed about it, but like it was pointed out to me this morn­ing when I was moan­ing in self-pity about Den­nis Pitta’s sit­u­a­tion, maybe things hap­pen for a rea­son. Maybe there’s an­other in­jury he hasn’t had oc­cur be­cause of that.”

Pitta missed all of last sea­son and has played just seven games in the last three years be­cause of two ma­jor hip in­juries dur­ing that span. The dev­as­tat­ing in­juries were ca­reer threat­en­ing, but he de­cided to make a come­back.

Pitta, 31, was im­pres­sive over the off­sea­son and ap­peared poised to re­claim his start­ing job. The ex­tended time away did not ap­pear to af­fect his chem­istry with Flacco.

“I want to get him timed up with Joe [Flacco], but he re­ally can’t catch right now, and he def­i­nitely can’t get his fin­ger banged up,” Har­baugh said. “That was re­ally com­ing early on. It was re­ally ex­cit­ing to see, so we need to get him back as soon as we can. It’s not go­ing to be this week. A bone has to heal be­fore they can put him out there.”

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOR­DAN SCHATZ

Bal­ti­more Ravens tight end Den­nis Pitta catches a pass dur­ing the first of two train­ing camp prac­tices held at M&T Bank Sta­dium.

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