BALTIMORE – Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta could laugh after spraining his finger Monday night, an injury that will cost him some practice time. His close friend, quarterback Joe Flacco, was also laughing at Pitta’s expense.
Flacco showed little mercy when he talked about Pitta’s finger after a night practice at M&T Bank Stadium. Pitta missed all of last season with the second major hip injury of his career, and he has looked good during his comeback attempt. Fortunately, a sprained finger will be just a minor setback. Pitta suffered the injury during a practice skirmish with rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa.
“He got his little baby injury that he always gets in camp, and gets himself out of a week in camp,” Flacco said. “That’s better than breaking his hip, though. I’m cool with that. It will put him on the sideline for a little bit and protect him a little bit.”
Told of Flacco’s comment, Pitta looked at Flacco across the locker room with a wry smile.
“I heard Joe say, ‘Good thing he didn’t break his hip again, which isn’t that funny Joe,”’ Pitta said.
It was the most physical practice of camp so far, with at least six scrums breaking out during the night.
When was the last time the normally mild-mannered Pitta got into a skirmish during his seven-year career?
“In college,” Pitta said. “Normally, I don’t have a lot of reasons to fight people. I felt like there was a reason. Without going into detail, I think there was some extra-whistle stuff that wasn’t necessary. Me and K. C. (Correa) already talked about it. We’re good.”
Fortunately, so was Pitta’s hip.
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