The Baltimore Ravens were hoping tight end Dennis Pitta could be a reliable possession receiver this season, filling a hole left when Anquan Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
Those plans hit a snag when Pitta dislocated his hip in Saturday's practice. That came just hours after Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered a torn ACL.
The team already announced that Pitta is ruled out of the season opener at Denver on Sept. 5, a clear sign of how serious the injury is. ESPN.com reported later that Pitta is going to miss the entire season.
TE Dennis Pitta has a dislocated hip. Will miss at least the Denver game.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 27, 2013
However long Pitta is out, the Ravens' offense will suffer. Baltimore doesn't have a clear option to go to on third and short without Pitta, who had 61 catches for 669 yards last year. Torrey Smith is a fine receiver, but better suited as a deep threat. Without Boldin, and without Pitta for at least some regular-season action, more pressure will be on quarterback Joe Flacco.
Patriots: No matter what you think about Tim Tebow, he's still America's most popular backup quarterback, so you'll hear more updates on him than, say, Charlie Whitehurst. Unfortunately for Tebow fans, the reviews haven't been good. Saturday was another rough day.
Practice over. Brady and Mallett were sharper today. Tebow was pretty horrible -- held onto the ball for over 10 seconds on one play — Ben Volin (@BenVolin) July 27, 2013
In better Patriots news, rookie receiver Aaron Dobson has impressed early in camp. Reporters at practice raved about a few of the plays he made, including a highlight catch over cornerback Aqib Talib on a throw from Tom Brady. Dobson appears to have a good chance to start for one of the league's best offenses.
Texans: Running back Arian Foster started camp on the PUP list, and it's clear he's being brought along slowly from a calf injury that isn't healing quickly.
“You can’t play through it,” Foster told the Houston Chronicle. “It’s not like you’re playing through a broken collar bone. I've played through a lot of things, this is just something you can’t."
Foster said he can do "pretty much everything," and there doesn't seem to be much concern that the injury lingers for much longer.
Rams: Former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck will be at St. Louis camp for a few days to work with rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree, according to Sports Xchange reporter Howard Balzer. Ogletree has drawn comparisons to Bulluck, who played a similar position for Rams coach Jeff Fisher's defense when they were in Tennessee. It's a smart move for the Rams to bring in a mentor for Ogletree, a player whose character was questioned during the draft. St. Louis would be thrilled if Ogletree was as productive as Bulluck, a fine player who made one Associated Press All-Pro first team in his 11-year career.
Seahawks: Seattle claimed O'Brien Schofield off waivers, an interesting pickup for a defense that keeps adding pass rushers. Schofield was a good college pass rusher who has been plagued by injuries, going back to when he suffered an unfortunate knee injury at a Senior Bowl practice before the draft. He missed seven games last year.
It's a curious move for Arizona, which obviously is far behind Seattle and San Francisco in the NFC West but added 35-year-old end John Abraham and let go of 26-year-old Schofield.
“I think wherever (Schofield) ends up he’s going to do some damage,” Cardinals end Calais Campbell told AZCentral.com. “The front office sent a message that we want to win right now, today, bringing in Abraham.”
Browns: Second-year offensive lineman Ryan Miller was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after suffering a serious injury during practice, although the team reported he was awake, alert and moving all four extremities. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported Miller was down for about 10 minutes, then strapped to a board and loaded in the ambulance.
The Browns announced Saturday night that Miller was released from the hospital.
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