A lot of NFL players view training camp and the preseason as a necessary evil and welcome the beginning of the regular season. But Ravens tight end Ed Dickson – who is expected to miss the remainder of the preseason after spraining his right shoulder Thursday night – is not happy about joining Dennis Pitta (broken bone in right hand) as an observer until the regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 10.
“It’s very frustrating because these reps in camp, that’s where you gel,” Dickson said in the locker room at one end of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis after Sunday’s practice. “We’re glad we got the offseason and there wasn’t a lockout. We can build off that, and we’re just going to pick it up wherever we come in. We’ve been running. I’m helping Dennis out now. Me and Dennis are helping each other to stay in shape so that when we get back out there, we’re not going to miss a beat.”
Dickson spoke publicly for the first time since suffering the injury in the team’s 31-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason opener for both teams. He caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco with 10:49 left in the second quarter, but landed awkwardly on the shoulder.
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“When it happened, it was a freak accident,” Dickson recalled. “It was a routine catch in the end zone, [but] I knew something was up because it started to burn. When I got to the sideline, they took me back. I’m just happy the MRI showed up negative, and I just want to get it stronger than it ever was.”
Dickson said he is trying to rid the soreness and strengthen the shoulder, but the good news is that he feels as if his shoulder is improving on a daily basis. That improvement is one reason why Dickson didn’t necessarily agree that he would definitely be sidelined for the remainder of the preseason.
“If it so happens that I come back early, I definitely want to get some work in and I want to take advantage of those opportunities in the preseason games to get my chemistry down with Joe before the opener,” he said. “But I’m aiming to be ready when it counts.”