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.