Dennis Pitta's hips, twice fractured and dislocated, have stunted the tight end's career, limiting him to seven games over the past three seasons. Through five days of training camp, Pitta's hips have responded well. But the 31-year-old is now injured again, this time with a sprained finger.
He hurt the finger Monday in a scuffle with rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa during a live drill at the Ravens' first open practice in front of a sparse crowd at M&T Bank Stadium.
Ravens fans can breathe a sigh of relief with this injury, though. Pitta said he will be out only a few days, and the injury was minor enough for quarterback Joe Flacco to joke, "at least he didn't break his hip.
"...He got his little baby injury that he always gets in camp and gets himself out of a week in camp," Flacco, a close friend of Pitta's, said.
On the field, Flacco immediately got in Correa's facesmask and appeared to chew out the second-round pick out of Boise State.
"I'm just out there playing football, I ain't trying to hurt nobody, I'm just doing as I'm asked, " Correa said in the lockerroom after practice.
Flacco tried to downplay the message he gave the rookie.
"Listen, I'm protected, I can say whatever I want to him because I've got a big army coming behind me. ...I challenged him, I wanted to see if he would come after me a little bit and he made the right decision, I think."
Pitta said he had not been in a fight since college, but he thought Correa was hitting him too much, so he responded. The two players cleared the air afterward.
"I do like the competitiveness," coach John Harbaugh said. "I like the fact that Pitta's out here making plays, and he's blocking people and he's getting after it."
During practice, Harbaugh didn't seem all too thrilled that there were six fights within the first 45 minutes.
Late in the practice, when second-year linebacker Za'Darius Smith took a swing at offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, Harbaugh yelled at both players and sent them off the field.