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Dennis Pitta did not suffer ligament or cartilage damage in injured hip

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Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta didn't suffer ligament or cartilage damage when he fractured and dislocated his right hip, according to coach John Harbaugh.

Pitta will miss this season but is expected to make a healthy return for next year. Harbaugh said that Pitta can begin rehabilitating his hip in six to eight weeks.

Pitta had a bone fragment removed from his hip when he underwent surgery at a local hospital Saturday night after landing awkwardly on his side while leaping for a high pass and jostling for position against strong safety James Ihedigbo.

"Basically, the ball was pushed out of the socket and pushed backwards," Harbaugh said. "It's an injury that happens a lot of times in car accidents. He got his knee caught up under him when he fell. I think there's only eight documented cases of this in football that I've read about. It's a very rare football injury.

"The good news is that there's a fracture, but it's in the big part of the bone. It's a very tight fracture. It didn't move at all. There's no ligament damage, there's no cartilage damage. It's a clean break. It's good news. Nothing has changed as far as our plans as far as plans as far as the season goes. He'll be back in the future."

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