John Harbaugh: “Not real optimistic” about Matt Elam’s condition

AP

The biceps injury suffered by Ravens safety Matt Elam Saturday appears to be a big one.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens are still waiting for full results of an MRI, but they’re “not counting on Elam to play this season.”

That likely means he suffered a full tear, which would require surgery and months of rehabilitation.

“I haven’t heard on the MRI yet, but I’m not real optimistic right now,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I haven’t heard a final word, but it wasn’t very optimistic [Saturday] talking to the doctors. He was reaching, the receiver ran by him and kind of reached for him and caught him.”

Elam hadn’t shown the Ravens much in his first two seasons, but had impressed coaches after being challenged this offseason.

“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.”

If he’s going to make an impact for the Ravens now, it’s going to take even more work.