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 returns to Baltimore Ravens practice

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The Baltimore Ravens had plenty of concerns surrounding their tight end position early in training camp after a hip injury to starter Dennis Pitta that will likely keep him out for the entire season and an injury to his backup, Ed Dickson, that put his status for the season-opener in jeopardy.

Luckily for the team, Dickson appears to be ahead of schedule and he returned to practice on Monday, which is a positive sign that he could be go to go once the regular season rolls around.

Dickson was dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out of injury for the past few weeks.

He was limited in practice, but having him back even on a limited basis is good news for the team as they gear up for their Super Bowl defense.

Without Pitta and Dickson, the Ravens would have been forced to go with Visanthe Shiancoe and Dallas Clark as their top two tight ends. That would have been a major downgrade for the team that has already lost Joe Flacco’s favorite target and red zone threat.

Also returning from injury are cornerback Lardarius Webb and guard Marshal Yanda.

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