Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is reportedly set to miss the entire 2013 season after suffering a fractured hip during a practice session at the team's training camp.
Pitta, whose impressive form during the Ravens' fairytale playoff campaign contributed to the team's eventual Superbowl XLVII triumph over the San Francisco 49ers, reportedly sustained the injury after a collision involving teammate James Ihedigbo.
On the injury, Ravens offensive co-ordinator Jim Caldwell told the team's official website: "Obviously he (Pitta) has been a very, very productive guy for us, and he's made a lot of big plays around here.
"We'll see what happens. Somebody is going to have to step up, and we do have some capable guys all across the flanks."
Early medical examinations predicted Pitta would definitely miss the season opener in Denver, but following surgery such estimations have dramatically increased and it looks as if the player will play no part at all in the Ravens attempts to defend their Championship.
Pitta's injury is the latest twist in an eventful off-season for the Ravens.
The franchise stunned fans in March by trading veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the 49ers shortly after their Super Bowl triumph.
Boldan, who caught six passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in the NFL's showpiece event, wasn't able to come to an agreement with the franchise over a proposed salary cut.
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