The Ravens offense suffered a blow Monday when third-year tight end Dennis Pitta left the practice field with what looks like a broken hand, according to coach John Harbaugh.
It looks like hell have to get it repaired in some form or fashion, Harbaugh said, and hell be back for the first regular season game.
Harbaugh quickly added that he probably shouldnt have said anything because the prognosis could change when Pitta undergoes an MRI Tuesday.
Tomorrow we could find out that its different, Harbaugh said.
But unless theres a dramatic change, it appears the Ravens could be without one of quarterback Joe Flaccos favorite targets for the rest of training camp and all of the preseason.
Pitta, drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round in 2010, emerged as a major contributor in 2011, catching 40 passes for 406 yards and three touchdowns. The Ravens gambled that he and fellow second-year tight end Ed Dickson could replace Todd Heap, the popular veteran tight end, who was cut before the season, and the gamble worked, as Pitta and Dickson combined for 94 catches.
Pitta also is one of Flaccos best friends on the team, and their connection translated onto the field as Flacco often looked to Pitta in key situations, especially down the stretch of the season.
Dennis is a good guy who can play inside or line up outside, receiver Anquan Boldin said. Hes a nightmare for defenses across the broad and its definitely a good thing when hes on the field.
But now that might not happen for awhile.
Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.
On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.
The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.
"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website.
Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.
Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.
On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below.
In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change.
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Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.
Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.
That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32.
Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back.
However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.
If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward.
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