Ravens TE Dennis Pitta out with fractured finger
Harbaugh calls injury absurd, ridiculous, sad
— 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
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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Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta catches a pass during the first of two training camp practices held at M&T Bank Stadium.