Harbaugh says Pitta has "clean break"

Harbaugh says Pitta has "clean break"
July 29, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday he'd received an introductory lesson on the hip from team doctors and told the media they're hoping Dennis Pitta can return at "100 percent" in the future.

Pitta suffered a fractured and dislocated hip in practice Saturday and underwent surgery hours later. He'll be out for the 2013 season.

But Harbaugh said doctors described to him what the injury was all about and that they're hopeful of Pitta's return in good form. The coach said that there's a ball and socket in the hip, and the ball got basically pushed out of the socket and moved backwards. 

"It’s an injury that happens a lot of times in car accidents," Harbaugh said after Monday's practice. "[Pitta] got his knee caught up under him in an awkward way when he fell. I think there’s only eight documented cases of this injury in football that I’ve read about. It’s a very rare football injury."

Harbaugh said there was no ligament or cartilage damage with the injury, and the team is hoping to see Pitta back again once everything heals correctly. 

"The good news is that there’s a fracture, but it’s in the back part of the bone and it’s in a big part of the bone, and it’s a very tight fracture," Harbaugh said. "It didn’t move at all. It’s a clean break. He should be rehabbing in 6-8 weeks. It’s good news. Nothing’s changed as far as our plans as far as the season goes. We want him to be back in the future 100 percent."