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The Ravens have released TE Dennis Pitta, saving $2.5 million against the 2017 salary cap. The soon-to-be 32-year-old's career is likely over after suffering his 3rd major hip injury last week. Pitta will be replaced this season by some combination of Maxx Williams, Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Darren Waller.

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta suffered a dislocated hip in Friday's practice, according to multiple sources. ESPN's Adam Schefter calls surgery "likely" and says Pitta's "career is in jeopardy." It's the 3rd major hip injury for the soon-to-be 32-year-old. Baltimore's TE group is a mess without Pitta. Maxx Williams went catch-less in 4 games last year and is recovering from knee surgery. 36-year-old Ben Watson is attempting to return from a torn Achilles. And Crockett Gillmore dealt with back, shoulder and hamstring injuries last year. The Ravens figure to give a free agent like Gary Barnidge or Jacob Tamme a look. But a big chunk of the 121 targets Pitta leaves behind figure to go to Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman and Danny Woodhead.

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta injured his hip in Friday's OTA session, the team announced. He's undergoing tests to determine the severity. Pitta missed all but 7 games between 2013 and 2015 with major injuries to both hips, so this doesn't look good. His absence would be a big blow to a Baltimore passing game that already lost 200 targets from a year ago with the departures of Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken and Kyle Juszczyk. Pitta led the Ravens with 121 targets. We'll pass along an update when we get one.

The Ravens listed WR Steve Smith (ankle) as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Giants. He didn't practice all week and is a long shot to suit up. WR Kamar Aiken figures to be the biggest beneficiary of Smith's absence, taking over the slot role. WR Breshad Perriman could also see more action. WR Mike Wallace and TE Dennis Pitta are the best target bets in Baltimore.

The Ravens have fired OC Marc Trestman. It feels like a panic move after the offense laid an egg in Sunday's home loss to the Redskins. Granted, Trestman abandoned an effective running game. But he's a proven offensive mind that's produced lots of fantasy goodness. Trestman will be replaced by Marty Mornhinweg, who has leaned toward the pass throughout his career. His offenses have ranked higher in pass attempts than rush attempts in 11 of his 15 seasons as a HC or OC.

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta will start today's opener against the Bills, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This could be more of a "ceremonial start" for a guy coming off 2 major hip injuries and seeing his 1st action since 2014. TEs Maxx Williams and Crockett Gillmore still figure to be involved. Stay away from this situation in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta sprained his finger during Monday's training camp practice and will be out "a little while," HC John Harbaugh said. That won't help Pitta's chances of carving out a role (or making the team?) in a crowded TE group that also includes Ben Watson, Maxx Williams and Crockett Gillmore. Pitta remains off the fantasy radar.

Ravens insider Jeff Zrebiec believes TE Dennis Pitta could be a "significant contributor" this season after an impressive spring. He "was one of the more active and productive offensive players for the past couple of weeks," Zrebiec writes. "Pitta is moving well and caught just about everything thrown in his direction." Pitta missed the last 2 seasons with major hip injuries and turns 31 at the end of June. We're in "believe-it-when-we-see-it" mode, especially with Baltimore's crowded TE corps.

TE Dennis Pitta took part in OTAs this week, and HC John Harbaugh called his performance "very encouraging," according to The Baltimore Sun. “He looks like Dennis Pitta to me,” Harbaugh said. “As far as the stability of the hip, how he feels about it, running around, making catches, looking like a football player, it’s all good.” If Pitta continues down this path, he'll mix in with a crowd at TE that added Ben Watson in free agency and returns Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams from last year. Baltimore might not keep 4 TEs on the roster, so this will be another interesting position battle to watch in an offense loaded with summer interest. We wouldn't bet on any Ravens TE emerging for strong fantasy value in 2016, though.

The Ravens have placed TE Dennis Pitta on IR, ending his 2015 campaign before it even started.  Pitta has been rehabbing his 2nd serious hip injury in as many years but was recently advised by doctors not to return to the field.  The 30-year-old's football career is likely over.

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) will practice on Wednesday for the 1st time since going down in September 2014.  It's encouraging but doesn't guarantee that he'll play this season.  And it certainly doesn't mean you should go adding him to your fantasy football roster.  Pitta is 30, has suffered 2 major hip injury and would contend with Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle for TE targets if he plays.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh announced Tuesday that TE Dennis Pitta (hip) will begin the season on the PUP list, costing him the first 6 games.  His availability beyond that remains in question.  We haven't heard much in the way of progress on Pitta's attempted return from last year's severe hip injury.  He's off the fantasy radar.  Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams will open the season as Baltimore's top 2 TEs.

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) is expected to open the season on the PUP list, according to insider Aaron Wilson.  That'd cost him the first 6 games.  His availability beyond that remains in doubt.  Pitta has made "significant progress" in his rehab from his 2nd fractured and dislocated hip, per Wilson, but it's still "unclear" whether he'll ever play again.  He's more than 10 months removed from the hip injury and still hasn't been medically cleared.  There's no reason to spend a draft pick on Pitta this summer.  Baltimore will open the season with Maxx Williams and Crockett Gillmore atop the TE depth chart.

Ravens insider Aaron Wilson considers Crockett Gillmore the "likely candidate to start because he’s the closest thing that the Ravens have to a two-way tight end."  Last year's 3rd-round pick caught just 10 balls for 121 yards as a rookie but graded out well as a receiver and blocker according to Pro Football Focus.  That 2-way game figures to earn him plenty of playing time this season.  Expect Gillmore to spend the majority of his time blocking, though, so he's unlikely to be much of a fantasy asset.  But it's a reminder not to overrate TE Maxx Williams in 2015 redraft leagues.  The rookie figures to operate as Baltimore's primary pass-catching TE, but he'll share targets with Gillmore and potentially Dennis Pitta.

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