Ravens safety Matt Elam suffered a complete biceps tear and will require surgery, a source tells Ed Werder of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Elam will be placed on season-ending IR. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, head coach John Harbaugh didn’t sound too optimistic about Elam’s status.
“I’m sure it’s very disappointing for him,” he said. “He’s very serious in great shape and then has a freak injury.”
Last season, Elam was bumped from the Ravens’ lineup in favor of Will Hill and he was looking to redeem himself in 2015. The former Florida safety was selected the No. 32 overall pick in the 2013 draft and hasn’t lived up to his billing so far. Elam was moved to strong safety in 2014, a position that should have been more in line with his skill set, but he led the team in missed tackles and struggled mightily in coverage.
Elam was not projected to start at safety this year, but he was slated to be a key backup to Hill and Kendrick Lewis. Now, the Ravens could be in the market for some secondary help.