Dennis Pitta (hip) will begin season on PUP list

The Baltimore Ravens are keeping the caution lights flashing when it comes to Dennis Pitta.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced Tuesday that Pitta will begin the regular season on the physically unable to perform list. The designation means the veteran tight end will not be eligible to play until Week 7 at the earliest.

The news is not necessarily surprising, as Pitta makes his way back from his second serious hip injury in as many years. The 30-year-old hasn't played a down since suffering a dislocated hip in Week 3 last September. Pitta has been on the PUP list since the start of camp, leaving second-round pick Maxx Williams and Crockett Gilmore in position for playing time.

Prior to his health woes, Pitta entrenched himself as perhaps Joe Flacco's must-trusted pass-catcher. Pitta might be considered a longshot to get back on the field, but the Ravens appear to have the patience to find out.

Also a factor: The $4 million in guaranteed money coming Pitta's way this season, whether he plays a snap or not.

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