May 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson (84) catches a pass during organized team activities at the Under Armour Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Dickson strains hamstring; Baltimore Ravens thin at tight end

It has been a rough offseason for the Baltimore Ravens. First, they had to watch a number of their veteran defensive leaders either retire or bolt in free agency and quarterback Joe Flacco has consistently been losing his favorite targets since signing his $100 million contract.

First, it was Anquan Boldin who was traded to the San Francisco 49ers. Then, starting tight end Dennis Pitta went down with a dislocated and fractured hip on the first day of training camp and most recently his replacement Ed Dickson has suffered a strained hamstring.

The injury happened during Sunday’s practice.

“Ed Dickson, his hamstring grabbed a little bit, so we pulled him out for precautionary reasons,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “We’ll take a look at it and see how it looks.

The Ravens have to be hoping that Dickson will be able to get healthy enough by the end of the preseason to take the field for the regular season opener.

If not, the team is looking at a competition between Billy Bajema and Visanthe Schiancoe for the No. 1 tight end spot.

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