Baltimore Ravens: Matt Elam to IR, Dennis Pitta on PUP List


The Baltimore Ravens have made their way down to 75 players ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline today, and two key players will be left off the Ravens opening day 53-man roster.

The Ravens placed safety Matt Elam on injured reserve, officially ending his season, and placed tight end Dennis Pitta on the physically unable to perform list. Neither move comes as a real surprise, but it is official now that we are inching closer to the regular season.

Baltimore began trimming the roster yesterday when it made eight cuts, and had to make seven more moves to get under the 75-man limit before the deadline. They placed four players on injured reserve, including Elam. Pitta is now on the PUP list, and the team parted ways with offensive linemen De’Ondre Wesley and Darryl Baldwin to get under the roster limit.

The other players joining Elam on injured reserve are cornerback Chris Greenwood, outside linebacker Steven Means and tight end Allen Reisner.

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The team still has not made a move with defensive end Brent Urban, who is out with a torn biceps. The team could elect to place him on the injured reserve-designated for return, but that distinction is not allowed to be used until Sept. 8, meaning he would count against the 53-man roster until that date.

We predicted our 53-man roster last week, and the lone name that won’t make the roster so far is Means. Yes, this is a minor pat on the back.

The Ravens will have to trim their roster from 75 to 53 by Saturday at 4 p.m. Will there be any surprises? Possibly. There really hasn’t been a long shot this preseason that has stood out enough to potentially steal a roster spot. There is also the the possibility the Ravens look outside the organization for help. As John Eisenberg of wrote today, don’t be surprised if the Ravens make a move.

The fringe players will get the majority of the action in the preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons. Some are still around battling for roster spots. Others are just here for one more game so that the starters can rest. The fate of many players could be decided how the play on Thursday. Some players who will be cut could be picked up by other teams.

As always, stay with us at The Baltimore Wire for continuous coverage as the Ravens get down to their final 53-man roster.

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