OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is lost for the season after undergoing hip surgery, a major blow to the team’s bid to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Pitta was hurt Saturday, the third day of training camp, when he collided with safety James Ihedigbo in the back of the end zone while going for a pass from Joe Flacco.
He was operated on Saturday night.
“Dennis out for the year,” coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. “It’s the type of thing that he’s not going to be able to come back from this year. There’s enough damage in there.”
Harbaugh said Baltimore won’t know the full extent of Pitta’s injury until getting the results of an MRI.
Visanthe Shiancoe, a 33-year-old free agent, played in only four games last season with New England. But he played in all 16 games in each of the previous nine seasons — the first four with the New York Giants and the next five with Minnesota.
He has 243 career catches for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns. Shiancoe joined the team for practice Sunday.
CENTER KOPPEN OUT FOR SEASON: In Englewood, Colo., Broncos center Dan Koppen is out for the season after tearing his left ACL on Sunday in 9-on-7 drills, less than six weeks after rejoining Denver following J.D. Walton’s setback in his comeback from ankle surgery.
Koppen, an 11-year veteran who played his first nine seasons with the Patriots, was caught in a pile early in the workout and was carted off the field and taken for an MRI, which revealed the season-ending injury.
Manny Ramirez, who took most of the snaps at center during Denver’s offseason practices, stepped in for Koppen, whose teams have gone 108-28 in games he has started.
MILLINER AGREES ON 4-YEAR DEAL: In Cortland, N.Y., the New York Jets and first-round draft pick Dee Milliner have agreed to terms on a four-year contract.
The former Alabama cornerback, selected with the ninth overall pick in April, is expected to join the team at training camp Monday. It is uncertain if Milliner will be able to practice immediately because he was sidelined the entire offseason after having shoulder surgery.
Milliner missed the Jets’ first three practices of training camp.
He is expected to compete for the starting spot opposite Antonio Cromartie, vacated when New York traded Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay.
With the signing Sunday night, it leaves Tennessee guard Chance Warmack as the draft’s only remaining unsigned first-round pick.
MCNABB TO RETIRE WITH TEAM: In Philadelphia, six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb will officially retire a member of the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.
McNabb played 11 of his 13 seasons with the Eagles, leading them to eight playoff appearances, five NFC East titles, five conference championship games and one Super Bowl loss.
The 36-year-old McNabb hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011.
He was traded to Washington in 2010, started 13 games for the Redskins that season and six for Minnesota the following year.
McNabb is the Eagles’ leader in may passing categories, including attempts (4,746), completions (2,801), yards (32,873), and touchdowns (216). He led the team to 100 wins, including nine in the playoffs. His 3,469 career yards rushing ranks sixth on the NFL’s all-time list.
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