Report: Matt Elam to miss entire season

AP

Coach John Harbaugh wasn’t optimistic about safety Matt Elam’s status after he suffered an arm injury over the weekend and it doesn’t look like Harbaugh will be having any pleasant surprises on that front.

The reports on Monday morning that the Ravens were “not counting” on having Elam on the field this season because of a torn biceps have been followed by one from Ed Werder of ESPN with a Ravens source confirming a full tear of the muscle. That means surgery and a spot on injured reserve for the third-year safety.

Elam was trying to bounce back from a 2014 season that saw him knocked out of the lineup in favor of Will Hill and the former first-round pick had drawn some good reviews from coaches after the team made it plain that it was rapidly approaching now-or-never in terms of Elam contributing to the team.

Hill and Kendrick Lewis are the expected starters at safety and the Ravens are short on experienced options behind them, which could lead them to make an addition or two as cuts start happening around the league.

17 responses to “Report: Matt Elam to miss entire season

  1. Bummer. I never like hearing about injuries, even to our biggest rival. It looks like both the Steelers and Ravens will be digging through teams’ secondary cuts.

  2. Will Hill!!!!

    That dude is a cartoon character. Go look at some of his old Twitter updates while at Florida, its amazing natural selection has overlooked this particular specimen.

    On topic? The silver lining with Elam is this… his natural ability is off the charts. Theres no doubt in my mind things will click with him and he will figure it out. Its not going to be with the Ravens though. He is in the position where he walked in and everyone put the pressure of, “You have to replace Ed Reed.” from the moment his name was called on draft day and it wasn’t fair. The same treatment Dee Milliner got for the more boring of the 2 absolutely unwatchable, incredibly boring New Jersey teams. Its this royal mentality of entitlement projected upon young men who don’t understand. Elam needs to rehab his biceps and his mind because you can’t put an Ed Reed jersey on a Matt Elam.

  3. dowhatifeellike says:
    Aug 3, 2015 4:21 PM
    Ozzie is getting really good at drafting first and second round players who can’t stay on the field.
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    Which is pretty interesting since he has drafted players who have been selected to the pro bowl 58 times which is the most in the NFL over the last 20 years

  4. Addition by subtraction.

    Kindle 2.0 for sure.

    Matt Stover was the Ravens kicker. This is Matt Elam.

  5. I’ve been critical of Elam but hate to see him or anyone get injured. Hopefully, he fully recovers and has a chance to compete next year.

  6. ravensbmore52 says:
    Aug 3, 2015 5:04 PM
    dowhatifeellike says:
    Aug 3, 2015 4:21 PM
    Ozzie is getting really good at drafting first and second round players who can’t stay on the field.
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    Which is pretty interesting since he has drafted players who have been selected to the pro bowl 58 times which is the most in the NFL over the last 20 years

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    Over half of those (30) of those come from three players (Lewis, Reed, and Suggs). Not a knock on Ozzie Newsome as I respect him, but cherry-picking stats is a pretty easy way to prove a point.

  7. So if you have to discount drafting 3 HOFers, 2 of which are arguably 2 of the best to ever play their respective positions, maybe the sniff test is better. Ask any NFL fan who their top 3 choices would be for GM, and Ozzie would be on pretty much every list. I’d say the ones focusing on guys like Elam, Art Brown, Cody and Kindle are the cherry pickers. For every early round bust, there’s a 3-6 round steal that is either contributing as a 1-2 round pick or has moved on after cashing in.

  8. buzzbeaubank says:
    Aug 4, 2015 6:04 AM
    So if you have to discount drafting 3 HOFers, 2 of which are arguably 2 of the best to ever play their respective positions, maybe the sniff test is better. Ask any NFL fan who their top 3 choices would be for GM, and Ozzie would be on pretty much every list. I’d say the ones focusing on guys like Elam, Art Brown, Cody and Kindle are the cherry pickers. For every early round bust, there’s a 3-6 round steal that is either contributing as a 1-2 round pick or has moved on after cashing in.

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    I’m not discounting three HOFers in terms of evaluating Newsome’s track record for drafting.

    That said, I will potentially discount them when someone throws out number of Pro Bowl appearances as a criterion for evaluating a GM, given that those three players have a disproportional effect on the statistic — if you take them away, the number of appearances is halved. There’s nothing unreasonable about that (and as I said above, I respect Newsome as a GM).

  9. @mmmpierogi

    Beyond those 3 picks that you say skew a statistical approach, I have no issue with the last few years with Newsome. Was there a Kindle? Yes, and a Cody, and Elam and others who left much to be desired. But some of the UFAs, and lower round picks are real finds. And that is were Newsome’s status is solidified IMO.

    You say you respect Newsome. That’s fine. I am not sure even with the whiffs there is someone better. Would you care to name who is? Then let us have at that person’s record.

    Based on your profile name, I am guessing western Pennsylvania. Let me know if you want to offer up your team’s draft history for analysis.

  10. bunkmcnulty says:
    Aug 4, 2015 1:03 PM
    @mmmpierogi

    Based on your profile name, I am guessing western Pennsylvania. Let me know if you want to offer up your team’s draft history for analysis.

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    I’m not sure what the relevance that would have seeing as how I’m responding to an article about the Ravens and not another team, but sure — since I have absolutely nothing better to do, I’ll start digging into the records back in 1936 and will get back to you on that. It’s a slightly more manageable task for a team that wasn’t around 20 years ago.

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