NFL notebook: Ravens' TE Pitta sidelined for season
By Wire Reports
Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013, 6:39 p.m.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is lost for the season following hip surgery, a blow to the team in its bid to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Pitta was hurt Saturday, the third day of training camp, when he collided with safety James Ihedigbo in the back of the end zone while going for a pass from Joe Flacco.
“It's the type of thing that he's not going to be able to come back from this year,” coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. “There's enough damage in there.”
The operation on Pitta's dislocated hip occurred Saturday night. Harbaugh said Baltimore won't know the full extent of the injury until getting the MRI results. The 28-year old Pitta, a fourth-round pick of the Ravens in 2010, had 61 catches last year, second on the team behind only Anquan Boldin.
The Ravens signed veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, 33, to a one-year contract to help offset Pitta's loss.
Eagles' Maclin copes with another torn ACL
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin heard the pop before he hit the ground and knew right away it was serious.
Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee during Saturday's practice, the same injury he suffered at Missouri four years before the Eagles drafted him in the first round in 2010.
“I was devastated,” Maclin said Sunday after confirming he's likely done for the season. “It wasn't the fact that it hurt, it was the fact that I knew what happened so I was emotional, knowing what was at stake. This is something that I love to do. I love to play football and knowing I'm not going to be able to do that, knowing that I'm not going to be a part of this new era here in Philly this year.”
Broncos center Koppen tears ACL, out for year
Broncos center Dan Koppen is out for the season after tearing his left ACL on Sunday in 9-on-7 drills. Koppen, an 11-year veteran who played his first nine seasons with the Patriots, was caught in a pile early in the workout and was carted off the field and taken for an MRI, which revealed the season-ending injury.
Jets' Ryan accepts input in QB decision
Rex Ryan is on board with general manager John Idzik's comments that it will be a “collaborative decision” on who the Jets' starting quarterback will be. Ryan said that there's no controversy surrounding the fact he won't make the final decision, and the media is making “a mountain out of a molehill” to suggest otherwise. Ryan acknowledges that he will be the one who ultimately tells Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith that they're the guy to start, but by no means is the decision “a one-man show.”
Giants safety: Stress led to marijuana use
The stress of coping with life led Will Hill to use marijuana, the Giants' safety said Sunday in his first comments after being hit by the NFL with his second four-game suspension. Hill said that the suspension he received last week for using marijuana was for failing a drug test last season. The 23-year-old would miss the opening four games of the season if he makes the team.
The Cardinals claimed tight end Mickey Shuler (Penn State) off waivers from the Bills ... The Cardinals reached a contract agreement with first-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper, a 6-foot-2, 311-pound guard from North Carolina. ... The Bills signed offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell and Tony Hills, who was a fourth-round pick of the Steelers in 2008. ... Six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb will officially retire as a member of the Eagles on Monday.
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