Tight end Dennis Pitta was placed on the physically unable to perform list as he continues his recovery from a fractured and dislocated hip suffered last September, one of two moves the Ravens made to get their roster to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon's deadline.
The designation means Pitta cannot be activated until after Week 6. Coach John Harbaugh said Pitta, who expects to play, handled the news well, though Harbaugh said he doesn't anticipate seeing Pitta on the field this year.
"I think you plan for the worst and hope for the best," Harbaugh said. "I'm planning on him not being here. That would be the plan from a football standpoint, and I think he's planning on being back. So it'll just come down to whether it's a smart thing to do, what he wants to do and really what his family wants to do. He and his wife have to make that decision for themselves."
Pitta participated in organized team activities and other summer workouts, but mostly has been a spectator this training camp as he works his way back from a second hip injury in as many years. The young tight ends on the roster refer to him as a second coach, though Harbaugh said Pitta badly wants to play.
"He really wants to have a career and he wants to have a legacy as a player, and that's more important than anything, money or anything else, the statement he's able to make about his football career," Harbaugh said. "That's something from a football perspective, but the other part of it is his life, his quality of life, and he's got to mix it into consideration."
The other move to bring the Ravens down from 77 to 75 was to waive tackle De'Ondre Wesley, who suffered a knee injury against the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 22.
On Monday, the team released wide receivers Aldrick Robinson, DeAndre Carter and Trent Steelman, cornerback Tramain Jacobs, guard Leon Brown, guard-tackle Marcel Jones, punter Justin Manton, and long snapper Patrick Scales.
They also placed safety Matt Elam (biceps), tackle Darryl Baldwin (undisclosed), cornerback Chris Greenwood (hamstring), outside linebacker Steven Means (groin), and tight end Allen Reisner (ankle) on season-ending injured reserve.