BALTIMORE - Injured tight end Ed Dickson expressed some doubt Sunday when asked whether his partially torn hamstring will be healthy in time for the Ravens' season opener against the Denver Broncos Sept. 5.
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh emphasized last week that Dickson is expected back by the first game, but Dickson said Sunday that the hamstring is still sore and that there is no clear timetable for when he'll be able to return to the field.
Dickson said he's been told by doctors that the hamstring could be healthy by as soon as next week or that the injury could take several more weeks to heal.
"I'm just working to get back to 100 percent," Dickson said. "Just making sure I'm 100 percent because it's those types of injuries that linger through the whole season."
If Dickson isn't healthy for the first game, the Ravens will be without each of the two tight ends that were expected to be featured so prominently in their offense this season.
Top tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a season-ending hip injury earlier in training camp.
Dickson's numbers were down last season, but he had 54 catches in 2011 and had earned high praise for his play this summer before hurting his hamstring.