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Ravens release Dennis Pitta after suffering hip injury

Dennis Pitta's time in Baltimore has come to an end.

The Ravens on Wednesday announced the team has released the veteran tight end after he suffered a hip injury during OTAs last week.

The roster move saved the team $2.5 million in salary cap space.

Doctors confirmed that Pitta dislocated his hip for the third time in five years after previously suffering the injury during traning camp in 2013, and a Week 4 game against the Browns in 2014. His most recent and troubling diagnosis has led to questions about whether he will retire after spending his entire seven-year career in Baltimore.

Pitta, who turns 32 on June 29, was selected by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. After being sidelined with the hip injuries, he returned last season to post a career-high 729 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He also led all NFL tight ends with 86 receptions, which set a franchise record by a tight end for the Ravens.


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