OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore tight end Dennis Pitta is lost for the season after undergoing hip surgery, a major blow to the Ravens’ bid to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Pitta was hurt Saturday, the third day of training camp, when he collided with safety James Ihedigbo in the end zone while going for a pass from Joe Flacco.
“Dennis out for the year,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. “It’s the type of thing that he’s not going to be able to come back from this year. There’s enough damage in there.”
Pitta, 28, caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
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Baltimore signed Visanthe Shiancoe, 33, who played in four games last season with New England. But he played in all 16 games in each of the previous nine seasons — the first four with the New York Giants and the next five with Minnesota.
Broncos lose Koppen for season
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen is out for the season after tearing a knee ligament in nine-on-seven drills.
Koppen, 33, was caught in a pile in the workout. He was carted off the field and taken for an MRI that revealed the season-ending injury.
Later in the day, the Broncos signed Steve Vallos, pending a physical.
Vallos, 29, played for the Seahawks in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He also has played for Cleveland, Philadelphia and Jacksonville.
• The stress of coping with life led Will Hill, 23, to use marijuana, the New York Giants safety said in his first comments after his second four-game suspension from the league.
“Nah, nothing to do with football,” Hill said. “It’s from family members, everyone reaching their hand out thinking I’m an ATM, and people who think you owe them something.”
Hill said he has not used any banned substances this year and underwent drug rehabilitation in March and April in Massachusetts.
• Fans grilled burgers, drank beer and tossed footballs around the parking lots of Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia as if it were a Sunday during the season.
More than 65,000 tickets were distributed for an Eagles practice, and nearly half the people showed up. The estimated crowd of 30,000 was a team record for practice. Ex-Oregon coach Chip Kelly is in his first year as coach of the Eagles.