After a 2011 campaign that ended with him catching 22 passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns in six regular-season games and two playoff contests, Dennis Pitta had plenty of reasons to look forward to the upcoming season.

But the Ravens tight end has been shelved by a broken bone in his right hand – an injury that is expected to sideline him until the regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 10.

One might expect Pitta to be frustrated or disappointed by the setback, but fellow tight end Ed Dickson said Pitta isn’t moping around the locker room or in the meeting rooms.

“He’s just happy that it’s not going to take that long,” Dickson said after Wednesday’s practice at the team’s training facility in Owings Mills. “He doesn’t want to miss any time to gel with the team or gel with [quarterback]Joe [Flacco]. Just a little advice from me, I told him to stay conditioned and stay in the playbook. He’s going to play. He’s that good of a talent that he’s going to play. You never can tell when you’re going to get hurt, but it’s good that he’s not out for the whole season.”

Davon Drew, another tight end on the roster, said Pitta is eager to return and is doing everything he can to accelerate the healing process.

“He definitely wants to be out there,” Drew said. “That’s just the type of competitor and player that he is. Hell, I want him out there because he’s a good player and he makes me better just by me watching him. So we need everybody on the team. We want him out there, and I can’t wait for him to come back.”