When outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and surprisingly, no, shockingly, wide receiver Breshad Perriman were activated off the physically unable to perform list yesterday, the Ravens seemed to have some good vibes going getting some players back as we inch closer to the start of the regular season.
Finally, some good news was settling in at Owings Mills, then we were once again reminded that this is the post Super Bowl XLVII Ravens and nothing seems to go the Ravens way when it comes to luck and injuries. Not only was it revealed that safety Matt Elam had to get knee surgery because of course he has to get surgery as he's putting up a productive training camp and preseason, tight end Dennis Pitta's finger injury that he suffered during a scuffle with rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa at the Ravens public practice at M&T Bank Stadium on August 1st was revealed to be worse than originally thought.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said on Monday morning that Pitta's injury, which was originally supposed to be a sprain, was actually a fracture after a magnetic resonance imaging test. Harbaugh expressed his frustration in the same way many Ravens fans probably reacted.
"It's absurd to be honest with you that it even happened," Harbaugh noted via BaltimoreRavens.com. "They're afraid if he gets it hit again, then they may have to put a screw in it. Its that kind of fracture." Harbaugh then finished with this gem, "It's just ridiculous, its sad."
Harbaugh and Ravens fans are not the only ones frustrated. Pitta has got to be upset beyond belief considering he is coming back from two hip fractures and was putting on a good training camp and showing everyone that there is still something left in him. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco also has to feel frustrated that he can not seem to get his best friend and favorite target out onto the field.
With Pitta now out for a substantial amount of time, the team must rely on Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams at tight end. All of those three players are talented and will produce, but even that comes with a price. Gillmore has battled injuries, Williams currently has an undisclosed injury that has kept him out of practice, and Watson is 35 years old and will turn 36 come December.
It always seems to be one step forward, two steps back for the Ravens. Monday morning was no different.