Ravens TE woes continue as Ed Dickson suffers a slight hamstring tear
The Ravens already lost starting TE Dennis Pitta for the year, so they're playing it safe with Dickson to preserve their options at tight end.
Coach Jim Harbaugh downplayed of the injury on Sunday, stating that Dickson was being held out of practice as a “precautionary reasons,” according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. However, after the MRI scan revealed Dickson had a slight tear in his hamstrings, Harbaugh said the player a “week or so” due to the injury, which still does not appear to be too serious.
“We’re going to hold him back for a week or so, and we’ll see where we’re at,” Harbaugh said after Monday’s practice at the Naval Academy. “We’ll try to get him healthy. It’s going to be a matter of time, but it’s not going to be a long time.”
While Dickson will miss the Ravens’ preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night, Harbuagh indicated that he is expected back by the first week of the regular season.
Either way, it’s not a good news for the Ravens who had to tweak their game plan after Pitta went down with a dislocated and fractured hip last week. With Pitta out of the season, Dickson was seen as his replacement and take on an increased role in the offense. But those plans are now on hold for the time being.
Last season, Dickson had just 21 catches for 225 yards and no touchdowns, but the season prior, he hauled in 54 catches for 528 yards and five touchdowns in 2011.
Dickson’s injury leaves the Ravens temporarily thin at tight end. The Ravens were especially counting on their tight ends this season after trading away receiver Anaquin Boldin. Even though the Ravens seemingly have a dearth of viable pass-catching options, Harbaugh claimed that the team had enough depth at the position at the moment, without feeling the need to add outside help before the start of the preseason.
“We have enough tight ends through Thursday (against Tampa Bay), for sure,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll be fine, and then we’ll have to address it there depending on how we get out of that game.”
The Ravens currently have four healthy tight ends, with Visanthe Shiancoe headlining the group. Signed as a free agent by the Ravens on July 28 after Pitta’s injury, Shiancoe has been getting more involved in the offense since then. On Monday, Shiancoe worked out with the first team and caught a handful of passes.
Other tight ends on the Ravens’ roster include Billy Bajema, Alex Silvestro and Matt Furstenburg.