OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Dennis Pitta was uncharacteristically miserable, for good reason.
The Baltimore Ravens tight end had just undergone surgery to repair his dislocated and fractured right hip after he fell awkwardly in the end zone on the second day of training camp. As he lay in the hospital bed, Pitta knew his football career could very well be over.
‘‘The surgery, for what had happened, went successfully,’’ he said this week. ‘‘But still there were a lot of unknown factors.’’
Pitta would have to wait two agonizing weeks for an MRI that would determine the extent of the injury. If there was vascular or cartilage damage, the 28-year-old would be done in the NFL after only three seasons. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.