Ed Dickson expected to miss "a week or so"

While some teams or sports have an injury du jour that seems to crop up with a number of players in a short period of time, the Ravens' injury woes seem to mostly be coming at a single position.

After losing Dennis Pitta for the season to a dislocated hip, fellow tight end Ed Dickson will be sidelined for at least a week with a hamstring issue.

"Within a week or so, we'll reevaluate that and see where we're at, but he's got some healing to do," coach John Harbaugh told reporters Tuesday. "It's not going to be a long-term problem, but it's going to be something that's going to have to heal."

The good news is the team doesn't expect it to be an injury that keeps Dickson out into the regular season.

"Not right now. No, I don't see that," Harbaugh told reporters. "It has not been termed as a major hamstring issue."

The Ravens' preseason opener is rapidly approaching, as they travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Harbaugh declined to reveal much about the team's plan for its starters in its first game action of 2013.

"We're not going to play the starters the whole game. How much we play them remains to be seen. We've got a plan," Harbaugh said. "It's a little different because we play on Thursdays, so we play a little sooner than we do most years, so we'll try to factor that in as we go. ...

"Right now, we're planning on playing guys. We need to play, but we'll see."