Everything was coming together for Dennis Pitta, and then it all fell apart.
After an outstanding 2012 season that included a touchdown catch in the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl victory, the former BYU tight end was positioned for another big year at just the right time. But then he collided with a defensive back during Saturday's practice, sustained a fractured and dislocated hip and underwent surgery that will sideline him for the season.
The timing could not be worse, for him or his team. Pitta recently signed a one-year contract that will make him a free agent after this season. The good news is he'll be paid $2 million while rehabilitating, but the injury also reduces his market value. Pitta will have to rely on his statistics from his first three NFL seasons in persuading the Ravens (or another team) to sign him to a long-term deal.