With Dennis Pitta expected to miss the entire 2013 season with a hip injury suffered Saturday during practice, the Baltimore Ravens added veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to their roster.
The Ravens announced Sunday that Shiancoe singed a one-year contract. Shiancoe, 33, is a 10-year veteran who played in four games for the New England Patriots last season without making a catch. He had vistied the Ravens earlier in the week.
Pitta had to be carted off the practice field and underwent season-ending surgery Saturday night to repair a fractured hip, according to multiple reports.
The Ravens' leading returning receiver collided with safety James Ihedigbo on a jump ball in the back of the end zone. Pitta covered his face with a towel as he was carted off the field.
Pitta's injury is a serious blow to the Ravens offense, especially after he emerged as a big-play threat during the team's Super Bowl run last season. He caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season in 2012 and added 14 receptions for 163 yards and three touchdowns during the postseason. In May, Pitta signed a one-year restricted free agent tender worth $2.023 million.
Ed Dickson was sixth on the team with 21 receptions for 225 yards during the regular season in 2012 but didn't score a touchdown and has a reputation for dropping some easy passes. The Ravens also like to run a lot of two-tight end sets.
Shiancoe's best season came in 2009 when he had a career-high 56 catches for 566 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Minnesota Vikings. He spent the first four years of his career with the New York Giants before moving to the Vikings for five seasons and then New England.