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Steelers vs. Ravens: Dennis Pitta inactive for Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh

There was a small chance Pitta may have been activated for the first time this season, but it appears as if the tight end will make his season debut in Week 14 against Minnesota.

Harry How

It was expected Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta would not be activated for Thursday's game against the Steelers.

Prior to the game, the Ravens made it official; Pitta will not play against Pittsburgh, as the 4 p.m. ET Thursday deadline to activate the tight end passed with no movement on behalf of the Ravens.

Pitta suffered a hip injury in training camp, and was placed on the IR-Recall list to start the season. Pitta has been practicing for two weeks, and has one more week before the team must activate him, place him on IR for the rest of the year or release him.

Pitta is expected to play in the Ravens' Week 14 game against Minnesota.

His absence is nothing new for the Ravens, who have been without one of their best offensive weapons all season. It was a tough loss for a team transitioning on the offensive side of the ball. Pitta was figured to be a big part of their passing game with the trade of Anquan Boldin this offseason.

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