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11/03/15 - S Matt Elam was reinstated from reserve/suspended Monday (Nov. 2), but he remains on reserve/injured.
11/01/15 - S Matt Elam, who is out for the season with a biceps injury, was suspended one game without pay for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. "Matt has been in our building rehabbing his injury on a regular basis, and he will continue to do so," the Ravens said in a statement.
10/31/15 - S Matt Elam, currently on reserve/injured with the Ravens, has been suspended one game without pay for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Elam, who is on injured reserve after tearing his biceps during training camp, will serve his suspension Sunday. The suspension will cost Elam one game check, worth approximately $60,000.
"We have been aware of this situation for a while," a Ravens spokesman said in a statement. "Matt has been in our building rehabbing his injury on a regular basis, and he will continue to do so."
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