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BYU in the NFL: Bad luck for Dennis Pitta in week 3

Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Week 3 of NFL action brought some bad news for former Cougar and current Baltimore Raven, Dennis Pitta. Pitta suffered a dislocated hip in the Ravens game with the Cleveland Browns after catching a pass, without even being touched. According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the former BYU tight end underwent season-ending surgery Monday to repair the injured hip.

Pitta dislocated and fractured the same hip in training camp a year ago. A second dislocation was considered unlikely, but now that it is a reality it puts Pitta's professional career is in serious jeopardy. Dr. David Chao, an orthopedic specialist and a former NFL team doctor who does not treat Pitta, had this to say about Pitta's injury in The Baltimore Sun:

"Even if Dennis comes back and plays, he would be at risk for a third dislocation."

"Is it worth it for him to run, jump and work out that hard and cause arthritis and increase his chances of needing a hip replacement early in life a la [former Oakland Raiders running back] Bo Jackson? That's for him to decide. With this information, there's a very real possibility that he could be done."

Outside of the injury news on Pitta, it was a quiet week for the rest of the former Cougars in the league. Ziggy Ansah was the only other former Cougar to record stats this week and he had his quietest game so far this season with two tackles and no sacks or QB hits.

Dennis Pitta (Ravens): Pitta had 3 receptions for 12 yards before leaving Baltimore's game versus Cleveland with a hip injury.

Ziggy Ansah (Lions): Ansah recorded 2 solo tackles in Detroit's 19-7 win over Green Bay.

Kyle Van Noy (Lions): Van Noy remains on Detroit's short term injured reserve list.

John Denney (Dolphins): Denney played in the Dolphins' 15-34 loss to Kansas City, but as the long snapper doesn't record any stats.

Brett Keisel (Steelers): Keisel played in Pittsburgh's 37-19 victory over Carolina, but did not record any stats.

Dallas Reynolds (Giants): Reynolds played in the Giants' 30-17 win over Houston, but did not record any stats.

Cougars currently on NFL practice squads: Spencer Hadley (Raiders) and Daniel Sorensen (Chiefs).