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Pitta Out for Season After Undergoing Hip Surgery 

Al Bello/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta had season-ending hip surgery on Monday.

It's the second time in a year that Pitta has undergone hip surgery, leaving his NFL future in doubt.

“I don’t know the ramifications of that long-term,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “The specialists, they’ll have to give us information on that. I really don’t know. I’m going to be really hopeful for Dennis’ return, and I’m sure we will learn about that as we go.”

Pitta was hurt during the team's win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday after catching a pass. He turned to make the catch, and when he twisted back around, he couldn't put all of his weight on his right leg and fell to the ground.

The 29-year-old Pitta, who during the off-season received a five-year, $32.5 million contract, had 16 catches for 125 yards in three games this season.

With Pitta out, the Ravens will have to depend upon Owen Daniels and Kyle Juszczyk to handle the team's tight end duties.

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Ravens and Tight End Dennis Pitta Agree on a Five-Year Contract

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Baltimore Ravens realize they need to start hanging onto their players if they want to get back to the playoffs and they've gotten off to a good start this off season as the team has agreed on a five-year contract with tight end Dennis Pitta.

Pitta's deal will pay him $32 million. The deal was announced by the team on Friday.

Even though he played in just four games last season, Pitta is a vital part of the Ravens' offense and is quarterback Joe Flacco's security blanket.

"Dennis creates a number of mismatch problems for defenses," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "He makes it tough on them, and because of that, he really helps out our wide receivers. Opponents always have to pay attention to where he lines up and where his routes take him. Dennis is also a big target with very good hands, and his presence in the red zone is very important to us."

In 2012, Pitta set career highs in catches (61), receving yards (669), and touchdowns (seven).

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NFL Will Look Into Rise in ACL Injuries During Training Camps

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- Even though off-season and training camps have scaled back hitting and overall contact, there have been numerous players who have suffered torn ACL's, and the NFL will look into why.

"There have been more ACL injuries than ever," Atlanta Falcons CEO and Competition Commitee chair Rich McKay told USA Today. "We have to let the data play out over the six weeks of preseason and training camp to figure out if there is some trend."

Philadelphia Eagles' wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Arellious Benn as well as linebacker Jason Phillips have suffered torn ACL's along with Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta, San Diego Chargers' wide receiver Danario Alexander, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Margan, Green Bay Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga, Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen, and San Francisco 49ers' cornerback Chris Culliver.

They have all suffered a torn ACL since training camps opened.

Some experts say the switch between less strenuous practices in training camp and the top physical speed during preseason games could be the cause of the injury spike. 

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Ravens Sign Brandon Stokley to One-Year Deal 

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) --  The Baltimore Ravens added some much-needed depth on Sunday, signing wide receiver Brandon Stokley to a one-year contract.

The 37-year-old Stokley spent the 2012 season with the Denver Broncos, catching 45 passes for 544 yards and five touchdowns.

Stokley began his career with the Ravens, helping them win their first ever Super Bowl championship in 2000.  He has also spent time with the New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, and Indianapolis Colts over 14 NFL seasons.

The Ravens traded receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers during the offseason and lost tight end Dennis Pitta for the year with a hip injury, so Stokley will be called upon to provide an immediate boost to the passing game.

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Ravens Sign TE Visanthe Shiancoe

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- After learning they lost tight end Dennis Pitta for the season, the Baltimore Ravens signed tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to a one-year contract Sunday.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the contract is worth the veteran's minimum.

"Dennis is out for the year. It's the type of thing he's not going to be able to come back from this year," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. "There's enough damage in there."

The 33-year-old Shiancoe has caught 243 balls and 27 touchdowns in 10 NFL seasons. His best season was in 2009 with the Minnesota Vikings when he caught 56 balls and 11 touchdowns.

Shiancoe is expected to be behind Ed Dickson on the depth chart.

“The red zone is going to be critical for your big receivers and he (Shiancoe) and Ed are going to be extremely important down there, and he’s done well there,” Harbaugh said.

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Report: Ravens Lose TE Dennis Pitta For The Season Due To Hip Injury

Al Bello/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta will miss the entire 2013 season after undergoing hip surgery Saturday night, according to ESPN.

The 28-year-old Pitta dislocated his hip after colliding with safety Jame Ihedigbo during practice on Saturday.

In 16 regular season games with the Ravens last year, Pitta had 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns. During Baltimore’s post-season run to the Super Bowl championship, he had 14 catches for 163 yards and three T-D’s.

Back in May, Pitta signed a one-year deal with the Ravens worth $2.023 million.

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Broncos Top Struggling Ravens, 34-17

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos surged into Baltimore and came out with the win.

Fueled by Chris Harris' 98-yard interception return for a touchdown, the Broncos took care of the Baltimore Ravens 34-17 on Sunday afternoon.

Peyton Manning threw for 204 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos (11-3).  Manning has now won nine straight games against the Ravens with the previous eight coming as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

Eric Decker caught eight passes for 133 yards including a 51-yard touchdown pass.

Knowshon Moreno paved the way on the ground for the Broncos with 22 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown.  On the flip-side, the defense held Ravens star Ray Rice to just 38 yards on 12 carries.

Joe Flacco struggled, throwing for 254 yards and two touchdowns but by the time he got into a rhythm, the game was already out of reach.  He tossed two late scores to tight end Dennis Pitta.

The Ravens (9-5) are losers of three straight.

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Eagles Escape With 24-23 Win Over the Ravens

Rob Carr/Getty ImageIt wasn't pretty and it wasn't easy, but the Philadelphia Eagles are 2-0 to start the season after narrowly defeating the Baltimore Ravens 24-23.

Quarterback Michael Vick rallied his team back in the final minutes of the game for the second consecutive week. With 1:55 left in the game, Vick ran into the endzone from the Ravens' one-yard line to give the Eagles their first 2-0 start since 2004.

Turnovers were an issue for the Eagles despite the impressive win. The team committed four turnovers on Sunday. According to ESPN, they are just the fifth team over the last 50 years to go 2-0 despite turning the ball over at least four times in each of their two games.

"Just thinking about it makes me sick to my stomach as far as how many times we turned the ball over in two games," Vick said after the game. We just have to do a better job at holding on to the football, I have to do a better job with my decision making and everything will work itself out."

Vick wound up throwing for 371 yards and ran for another 34. Running back LeSean McCoy ran for 81 yards and a touchdown. Tight End Brent Celek caught eight passes for 157 yards.

For the Ravens, quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 232 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Running back Ray Rice led the team with 99 rushing yards.

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