The Ravens head coach is not happy about the fact his tight end isn’t practicing or the reason why, and he’s not afraid to say so.
Dennis Pitta has been sidelined since Aug. 2, which is nothing new for the injury prone tight end. This time, the reason is a little different — a fractured finger stemming from a practice fight with rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa. Initially, it was thought be a minor, but the time Pitta has missed as a result is stacking up, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh is not happy about it.
“It’s absurd, to be honest with you, that it even happened,” Harbaugh said via Jamison Hensley for ESPN.com. “It’s just ridiculous and sad, and I’m disappointed about it.”
If Harbaugh sounds frustrated, it’s easy to understand. Pitta, 31, has appeared in just four games since 2012. The hip injury he suffered in 2014 was considered career threatening and caused him to miss all of last season.
As for when Pitta might return to the field, Harbaugh isn’t sure.
“They’re afraid that if it gets hit again, they might have to put a screw in,” Harbaugh said. “So, it’s just that kind of a fracture. We want to get him out running, get him in the (walkthroughs). I want to get him time with (quarterback Joe Flacco), but he can’t really catch right now, and he definitely can’t get his finger banged up.”