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Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta's hip surgery was 'successful,' source says

Ravens veteran tight end Dennis Pitta's surgery to repair a fractured, dislocated right hip was "successful," according to a team source.

Pitta underwent the procedure at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on Monday where he was transported Sunday after injured his right hip for the second time in the past year. Pitta will remain in the hospital this week as he recovers from the surgery and is expected to return to Baltimore within a week.

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Pitta now faces a long road toward recovery after suffering such a serious injury without even being touched.

The question of whether he'll attempt to or will play again remains undetermined. Teammates have predicted that Pitta will try to play football again because of his personality.

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During his initial fracture and dislocation in training camp before last season, Pitta landed awkwardly in the back of the end zone while trying to make a contested catch after colliding with strong safety James Ihedigbo.

In that case, Pitta suffered significant trauma through the force of landing on his hip.

This time, though, Pitta's hip dislocated and fractured with no contact as he suffered the injury when he planted his leg and attempted to run up the field during a catch in the Ravens' 23-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Pitta signed a five-year, $32 million contract in March that included $16 million guaranteed with an $11 million signing bonus. The deal include fully guaranteed base salaries of $1 million this year and $4 million next year for skill, injury and salary cap.

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Pitta was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. The former Brigham Young standout will be paid his full salary while he's out for the season.

awilson@baltsun.com

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