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Ravens release TE Dennis Pitta after third hip injury

Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta, center, is

Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta, center, is brought down by Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath (38) and cornerback Orlando Scandrick (32) during the fourth quarter on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Credit: TNS / Steve Nurenberg

OWINGS MILLS, Md.— The Baltimore Ravens have released tight end Dennis Pitta with an injury waiver after he hurt his right hip for a third time in practice last week.

The injury occurred during an offseason practice session Friday. Each time Pitta hurt the hip previously, the injury was serious enough to be considered career-threatening.

That appears to be the case again following his release Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Pitta began his career with Baltimore in 2010 and caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl when the Ravens won the 2012 NFL title.

Pitta first injured his hip in 2013 and hurt it again in 2014. He played in four games in 2013, three in 2014 and sat out the entire 2015 season.

Last year, however, he returned to catch 86 passes, most by a tight end in franchise history.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said last week: “Dennis is one of the great Ravens, and he has done everything he can to make our team better.”


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