Ravens avoid further tragedy concerning Dennis Pitta’s hip injury
An MRI on his hip showed that there are no complications with the injury and Pitta should be able to make a full recovery to return for the 2014 season.
“There’s no ligament damage, no cartilage damage,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said after receiving the results on Pitta’s hip injury. “It’s a clean break if you want to use that term, and he should be rehabbing in six to eight weeks. So, it’s good news.”
In addition to dislocating his right hip during Saturday’s practice, Pitta also suffered a fracture.
“The good news is that there’s a fracture,” Harbaugh said, “but it’s in the back part of the bone, and it’s in the big part of the bone, and it’s a very tight fracture. So, it didn’t move at all.”
The 28-year-old Pitta suffered the injury Saturday while vying for a pass from quarterback Joe Flacco in the back of the end zone. While leaping for a high pass, Pitta reportedly collided with strong safety James Lhedigbo and landed awkwardly on his knee, which jarred back and dislocated his hip. Pitta needed to be carted off the field and later that night underwent surgery at a local hospital to put the bone back in place.
“Basically, the ball was pushed out of the socket and pushed backwards,” said Harbaug. “He got his knee caught up under him in an awkward way when he fell.”
Harbaugh said that it was a “very rare football injury” and he could only bring to mind eight documented cases of such injuries in football. He also added that such injuries typically occur in car accidents. But Pitta’s injury isn’t expected to be so serious as to cost him time beyond the 2013 season.
“Nothing has changed as far as our plans as far as the season goes. We want him to be back in the future at 100 percent,” Harbaugh said.