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Dennis Pitta underwent surgery to repair his dislocated right hip on Monday and is done for the season.

The Ravens will now turn to Owen Daniels as their primary tight end. They also drafted Crockett Gillmore with a top-100 pick in May. Pitta, 29, has now suffered right hip dislocations in back-to-back years. The Ravens signed him to a five-year, $32.5 million contract in February, one GM Ozzie Newsome will likely come to regret. All of Pitta's 2015 base salary ($4 million) is guaranteed. It's unclear whether Pitta intends to continue trying to play.
Sep 22 - 5:08 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports Dennis Pitta had his dislocated hip "popped back in" after being sedated on Sunday evening, and is expected to undergo surgery.

Pitta also has a fracture. Underscoring the severity of the situation, Pitta has remained in Cleveland. There hasn't been official word, but Pitta is almost certainly done for the season, leaving Owen Daniels as the Ravens' starting tight end. If you're already in a bye-week crunch, Pitta can be safely dropped. Hopefully his career isn't in danger, but it's a possibility.
Sep 22 - 3:20 PM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh offered praise for rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro following Sunday's 18-91-1 rushing performance against the Browns.

Although Bernard Pierce is tentatively expected to remain the Ravens' starter, he may be on a short leash going forward. "I think the results speak for themselves with Lorenzo," Harbaugh said after Sunday's win. "He was running downhill, physical and was hard to tackle. That is an element that is a big plus for an offense." Taliaferro needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Sep 21 - 9:31 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes that "in all likelihood" Bernard Pierce remains Baltimore's starting tailback when healthy.

Pierce was inactive for Week 3 with a thigh injury. "We thought we'd get him into the game, but it didn't work out," coach John Harbaugh said. "We should have a good chance of getting him back next week." Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro piled up 91 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries (5.06 YPC) in Sunday's win over the Browns. Pierce may remain the starter in name, but he's likely on a short leash. Pierce is averaging 4.04 YPC with a lost fumble on the year.
Sep 21 - 9:28 PM

Ravens FB Kyle Juszczyk caught 3-of-4 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 3 win over Cleveland.

Juszczyk caught a swing pass for his touchdown on a red-zone play, dancing into the end zone from nine yards out in the second quarter. Juszczyk did not have a single offensive touch in either of Baltimore's first two games. The Harvard alum is a more valuable real-life than fantasy player.
Sep 21 - 5:17 PM

Dennis Pitta suffered a right hip dislocation in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Browns.

It's the same hip Pitta dislocated and fractured in training camp of 2013. Per the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens are concerned Pitta suffered a fracture, as well, something that can only be revealed based on testing. He will undergo an MRI shortly. If Pitta is done for the season -- which seems likely -- the Ravens will have to find ways to incorporate Torrey Smith more into their offense. Owen Daniels would take over as Baltimore's primary tight end.
Sep 21 - 5:05 PM

Ravens WR Jacoby Jones missed his lone target in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Browns.

Baltimore's No. 3 wideout behind Torrey and Steve Smith Sr., Jones has no value in re-draft or Dynasty leagues.
Sep 21 - 4:23 PM

Steve Smith Sr. caught five passes for 101 yards in the Ravens' Week 3 win over the Browns.

Steve Sr. saw seven targets to Torrey Smith's eight in this game, but the former continues to run higher-percentage routes and now has at least 100 yards in two of Baltimore's first three games. Smith will be a low-end WR3/flex option when the Ravens take on his former team, the Panthers, in Week 4.
Sep 21 - 4:20 PM

Ravens WR Marlon Brown caught one pass for 15 yards in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Browns.

He was targeted just once after seeing zero targets in Week 2. Brown has no re-draft value, but remains a hold in deeper Dynasty leagues. He's currently the Ravens' No. 4 wideout behind the Smiths and Jacoby Jones.
Sep 21 - 4:18 PM

Torrey Smith secured just 2-of-8 targets for 25 yards in the Ravens' Week 3 win over the Browns.

It was another brutal game for Smith statistically, and he didn't help himself with a fourth-quarter drop. After opening the season as a potentially promising WR2/3 candidate, Smith's stock has been torpedoed by OC Gary Kubiak's offense, which is funneling the football to Steve Smith Sr. We wouldn't drop Torrey quite yet, but he's getting there. He's just a WR4. The Ravens take on the Panthers' tough defense next week.
Sep 21 - 4:16 PM

Owen Daniels managed one catch for eight yards in the Ravens' Week 3 win over the Browns.

He secured his lone target. Dennis Pitta suffered a potentially severe hip injury, which could give Daniels primary tight end work in Baltimore for the foreseeable future. Daniels remains a low-ceiling fantasy option. He could be of some interest to tight end streamers, but not in Week 4 against the Panthers' defense.
Sep 21 - 4:13 PM

Justin Forsett gained 63 yards on 11 carries and caught four passes for two yards in the Ravens' Week 3 win over the Browns.

Lorenzo Taliaferro was Baltimore's primary back with Bernard Pierce (thigh) inactive, as Forsett handled mainly change-of-pace and passing-down work. Taliaferro averaged 5.1 YPC on 18 carries. The Ravens clearly see Forsett as a spot back, limiting his fantasy appeal. He's a low-ceiling RB4 in fantasy leagues.
Sep 21 - 4:10 PM

Joe Flacco completed 19-of-31 passes for 217 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Ravens' Week 3 win over the Browns.

He added six yards on four carries, but was stuffed on a goal-line sneak. Flacco's fourth-quarter 32-yard strike to Steve Smith Sr. was the big play in this game, setting up Justin Tucker's game-winning field goal. Through three games, Flacco has a TD-to-INT ratio of 4-2. He'll be a low-end QB2 when the Ravens take on the Panthers' stout defense in Week 4.
Sep 21 - 4:07 PM

Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed 18 times for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' Week 3 win over the Browns, 23-21.

He was not targeted in the passing game, but showed superior interior running ability to Justin Forsett, handling the 18 carries to Forsett's 11. A fourth-round rookie out of Coastal Carolina, Taliaferro should remain in the mix for carries in OC Gary Kubiak's backfield entering a Week 4 date with the Panthers. Bernard Pierce was inactive for Week 3 with a thigh injury and his status moving forward is unclear. As is the pecking order in Kubiak's backfield. A pile-pushing power back, Taliaferro needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Sep 21 - 4:04 PM

Dennis Pitta was carted off the field with a right hip injury in Sunday's game against the Browns.

The non-contact injury occurred on a swing pass to Pitta out of the backfield. He had three catches for 12 yards before exiting. While being carted away, Pitta was in a ton of pain. There would seem to be very little chance he returns today. It's worth noting Pitta fractured and dislocated his right hip last year.
Sep 21 - 2:08 PM

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