Quiet night for tight ends

Quiet night for tight ends
November 19, 2012, 1:00 am
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Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson (84) runs after a pass reception as Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Larry Foote (50) defends during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Baltimore Ravens won 13-10.

(Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE)

The Ravens tight ends, who played such a huge role in the Ravens win over Oakland last week, were missing in action for the most part against the Steelers, especially after starter Dennis Pitta was knocked out of the game in the first series.

Pitta took a shot after catching a 5-yard pass on the Ravens’ opening drive and was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion. Pitta also had his bell rung last week against the Raiders, but after being evaluated in that game he returned to action.

Ed Dickson moved into the No. 1 tight end role with Pitta sidelined but had just two catches for 8 yards against Pittsburgh.

Pitta and Dickson had combined for seven catches, 126 yards and one touchdown against the Raiders last week.

With Pitta sidelined, third tight end Billy Bajema, who was activated for just the second time this season, saw extensive action in two-tight end sets. He was not targeted on any throws and was whistled for one holding penalty.

Pitta’s injury, Dickson said, “changed everything. …I gotta go in and put my hard hat on.” Dickson pointed out that he also shouldered a big role on special teams as well.

“I got my work in this game,” he added. “I knew what type of game it would be, what type of physical game it would be. … I’m gonna ice up, get ready and get prepared to see this team again in two weeks.”




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