Elam, who injured his knee during the preseason and underwent minor surgery to correct the issue, figures to once again serve as a backup safety upon his return to the lineup. The team was forced to release reserve cornerback Robertson Daniel in order to fit Elam on the active roster.
Each team is allowed to take one player off of the IR each season, giving Elam the opportunity to begin practicing again on Tuesday. The safety now has 21 days to be activated to the 53-man roster or remain on injured reserve, should he not be ready to play yet. He will be eligible to return for Thursday night's tilt with the Browns on Nov. 10, as he has to wait two weeks before he can participate in a game. In the meantime, Anthony Levine and Marqueston Huff will continue to serve as the only backup safeties on the depth chart.
Elam (knee) was placed on injured reserve on Monday, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.
Elam injured his knee in the second week of the preseason, requiring a clean-up surgery that wasn't expected to end his season. Although he should be healthy before the end of the year, Elam may stay on IR through the end of the season, as he was merely competing for backup role prior to getting injured. The 32nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft has been either ineffective, injured or benched throughout his rookie contract.
The injury isn't season-ending according to coach John Harbaugh, but it should keep the
The 32nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Elam struggled mightily through his first two seasons, then missed all of 2015 with a torn biceps. He should be healthy for training camp but will likely just compete for a backup role. The Ravens signed Eric Weddle to start at one safety spot, and they're expected to test out converted cornerback Lardarius Webb at the other.
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