The Blues revealed on their official website on Wednesday morning that the injury-plagued goal-kicker was still two weeks away from even resuming training.
Waite, 30, is battling a calf problem and with the big Blue still a fortnight away from a full training load, Carlton look likely to face traditional rivals Richmond in Round 1 without him.
Waite could also be in doubt for the Blues' big test the following week against fierce foes Collingwood.
The Blues been hit with a string of pre-season injury complaints, with midfielder David Ellard battling a hamstring problem and newcomer Nick Graham struck down with a knee injury.
Carlton are also dealing with injury issues for two rookie-listers, with Andrew Collins to miss at least five weeks because of an ankle problem and Rhys O'Keeffe to miss the same with a heel issue.
Young tall Graham will miss two months with the knee injury and will undergo surgery on Wednesday, according to Carlton football manager Andrew McKay.
"Depending on what they find there - he just had some swelling and discomfort in that knee - that's probably looking up towards around eight weeks (out)," McKay told carltonfc.com.au.
The Blues declared the rest of their star-studded list, including Brownlow Medal-winning superstar Chris Judd and reigning best-and fairest Heath Scotland, would be available for Round 1 selection.
Meanwhile, young Richmond defender David Astbury has suffered a foot problem which will keep him out of the rest of the Tigers' pre-season.
Astbury, 22, conceded the setback would throw extreme doubt over his chances for selection in Richmond's opening premiership season clash with Carlton.