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