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09/01/15 - S Matt Elam (torn biceps) was placed on reserve/injured by the Ravens Monday (Aug. 31).
08/04/15 - S Matt Elam is out for the season with a torn biceps that will require surgery. He'll eventually be placed on injured reserve.
A consensus All-American at Florida, Elam was competing for the strong safety job with veteran Will Hill. Although Hill was regarded as the front-runner to win the starting position, Elam had made progress and figured to receive significant playing time, regardless. Elam had worked diligently to prepare for this season, getting down to a career-low 202 pounds and 8 percent body fat.
"I've been working hard and eating right," Elam said. "I'm doing everything the right way and getting myself right. I feel really good."
Elam had reacted the way the organization had hoped after general manager Ozzie Newsome publicly said he must improve. Ravens coach John Harbaugh had noticed a major difference in Elam's professionalism and maturity.
"I'm sure it's very disappointing for him, and he told me that," Harbaugh said. "Here's a guy who came back with a renewed attitude. He had a better approach than he'd had the first two years. He just had grown up a lot. He's very serious and he was in tremendous shape, and then he gets a fluke injury. That's disappointing."
Elam led the Ravens with 16 missed tackles last season. In the team's AFC divisional round playoff loss to the New England Patriots, he allowed wide receiver Danny Amendola to break a tackle and score a touchdown.
He was the lowest-graded player on the Ravens defense and the 78th-ranked safety in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus, allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 38 of 53 passes thrown in his direction (71.7 percent) for 500 yards and three touchdowns. He often played out of position, at nickel back, because of the Ravens' injuries at cornerback
"Matt Elam's a very good player, a very good guy," free safety Kendrick Lewis said. "The short time that we had to prepare and get ready for this season was cut short (Saturday), but I've seen a guy who works
08/26/14 - SS Matt Elam didn't practice due to a relatively minor leg muscle injury from the game.
09/16/13 - S Matt Elam made his first NFL start, replacing veteran Michael Huff at free safety one game after Huff struggled mightily during a 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos.
"It was a great feeling to be out there for the first time," Elam said. "I felt like I did my job. I did well. I found out late in the week I was going to start. It meant a lot."
Elam had five tackles, but was also flagged for pass interference.
For Huff, this benching comes after being signed to a three-year, $6 million contract in March as the replacement for former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed.
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 1/32 - Matt Elam, S, 5-10, 210, Florida...The All-American defensive back and younger brother of NFL safety Abram Elam should provide toughness and range to a secondary that lost Ed Reed to the Houston Texans and cut Bernard Pollard. He's expected to immediately compete for a starting job at strong safety, but will also cross-train at free safety. - The Sports Xchange