Elam's drug charges stemming from a February arrest were dropped Monday, ESPN.com reports.
Elam was pulled over for reckless driving before police booked him on charges of marijuana possession, possession with intent to sell or deliver and possession of a controlled substance. However, all those charges were dropped Monday, clearing Elam of any wrongdoing. While that obviously comes as good news for the 25-year-old, it also follows Elam having charges of grand theft and battery stemming from a May incident that was dropped last week. With no pending legal situations any longer, Elam seemingly now has a better chance of signing with a team, but the free agent's lack of on-field production may not even make him worth the risk.
Elam was arrested on charges of larceny and battery outside of Miami on Monday, Jorge Milian of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Elam was involved in a dispute with a woman over the possession of a cell phone and both fell to the ground, with the woman suffering minor cuts to her finger and ankle. This marks his second instance of legal trouble this offseason and likely serves as yet another ding to his prospects of landing another NFL contract.
Elam was arrested on three drug-related charges in Miami on Sunday, NFL.com's Jeremy Bergman reports.
Elam was initially pulled over for reckless driving early Sunday morning, but police booked him on charges of marijuana possession, possession with intent to sell or deliver and possession of a controlled substance. The former first-round pick appeared in nine games as a backup for the Ravens last season, collecting four tackles. He's set to become a free agent in March after the Ravens declined his fifth-year option, but the arrest could hurt his chances of landing with a team.
Elam (knee) was elevated back to the Ravens' active roster on Saturday having been taken off the IR-R list, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
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.
Elam (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com reports.
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.
Elam fell on his knee during Saturday's preseason win over the Colts and will need surgery to clean out the issue as a result.
The injury isn't season-ending according to coach John Harbaugh, but it should keep the Ravens' safety out for an extended period of time. Elam's absence won't have too much of an impact in terms of the team's secondary, with Eric Weddle and Lardarius Webb positioned as the starting safeties. A timetable for Elam's recovery should become available following surgery.
The Ravens will not pick up the fifth-year option on Elam's (biceps) rookie contract, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports.
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.
The Ravens announced Tuesday they have placed four players on the season-ending injury reserve list, including safety Matt Elam, per a team release.
Elam tore his bicep on the first day the team put on pads in camp, so his designation to the injury list is not a surprise.
In addition to Elam, cornerback Chris Greenwood, linebacker Steve Means and tight end Allen Reisner are sidelined for the season.
Ravens safety Matt Elam will miss the 2015 season after he was placed on injured reserve Monday, reports ESPN. Elam suffered a torn biceps during training camp and will need surgery.
Ravens safety Matt Elam, who was injured during practice Saturday, is reportedly out for the season with a torn biceps, per The Baltimore Sun.
Elam is expected to undergo surgery and will miss four-to-six months. The former first-round pick was fighting for a starting job and apparently suffered the injury while covering a receiver during practice.
"I haven't heard on the MRI yet, but I'm not real optimistic right now," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
The Ravens fear safety Matt Elam may have torn his biceps, sources told The Baltimore Sun.
Elam is undergoing an MRI to determine the severity of the issue after suffering the injury during Saturday's practice. He played in 16 games last season and totaled 50 tackles without an interception.
Ravens cornerback Matt Elam is ready to bounce back after a rough 2014 season. Elam struggled in coverage and with tackling.
"I think it’s readily known that we have not been satisfied with the way he’s played thus far," GM Ozzie Newsome said, per BaltimoreRavens.com. "And I don’t think Matt has been satisfied with the way he’s played thus far."
Elam has dedicated himself to getting into shape this offseason.
"Matt has lost about eight pounds of fat," coach John Harbaugh said. "He's in tremendous shape, down to six-percent body fat."
Ravens disappointing safety Matt Elam doesn't want to be disappointing anymore. General manager Ozzie Newsome has said he has to perform better and he's planning to.
Elam, a first-round pick in 2013 who lost his starting job midway through last season despite moving from free safety to his natural strong safety spot, finished with just 47 tackles and no interceptions. He led the team with 16 blown tackles.
"Ozzie has a lot expectation for me because he drafted me in the first round," Elam told the Baltimore Sun. "I'm not surprised. I just got to go out there and do my job. I prepared myself well enough in the offseason and I'll be ready to go."
<span data-shortcode="annotation" data-id="406" data-text="Ravens" data-canon="Baltimore Ravens" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> safety Matt Elam played a season-low 15 snaps during the Week 10 win against Tennessee, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The former first-round pick has been overtaken on the depth chart by safety Will Hill and it doesn’t appear Elam will return to his starting role. Elam has a league leading 12 missed tackles for defensive backs.
"I feel like it's going well, but other people probably think different," Elam said, per the Baltimore Sun. "I've got to fine-tune the small things and some technique work and keep on improving. I got to continue to stack days and get better."
Ravens strong safety Matt Elam is his own worst critic. And he is not happy about his recent play.
Elam has allowed 14 receptions on 17 targets for 249 yards this season. Included were two catches, one of which resulting in a touchdown, in two targets to Buccaneers wideout Louis Murphy on Sunday.
"I'm not pleased with the last couple games at all," he told the Baltimore Sun. "That's why I'm working to get better every week to fine-tune the small things, so I won't have to say that about the next few weeks."
The difficulty of his task will be heightened in Week 7 against Atlanta, which features premier wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White.
The Ravens will have their probable players Week 6 against the Bucs.
Matt Elam, Daryl Smith and Jeremy Zuttah should all suit up against Tampa Bay. Elam was listed with a shoulder injury. Smith is dealing with a knee issue, while Zuttah has an ankle injury.
The Ravens listed eight players on their final injury report Friday leading up to Week 6 against the Buccaneers.
Defensive lineman Chris Canty (wrist), defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee), and tackle Eugene Monroe (knee) have all been ruled out, while wide receiver Marlon Brown (pelvis) was the only player ruled doubtful on the list.
Meanwhile, guard Kelechi Osemele (knee) was deemed questionable, while safety Matt Elam (shoulder), linebacker Daryl Smith (knee) and guard Jeremy Zuttah (ankle) were ruled probable for Sunday.
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees has defended safety Matt Elam despite some negative numbers. Elam is allowing 76.9 percent of passes thrown his way to be completed. He is allowing an average of 21.4 yards per completion and is the second-worst safety in the NFL in coverage, per Pro Football Focus.
Pees, however, praised his work as a nickel back in Week 4 against Carolina. "Last week, I thought [Elam] played real well," he told ESPN. "We put him in the slot and nickel with very few reps against a good quarterback. ... there were two passes I don't know who would've defended them. He just put it on the money.
"Sometimes you got to say, 'Hey, that's the way it was.' We do a lot of stuff, and to throw a guy in a new position and learn it overnight, that's tough to do. My hat's off to Matt."
The first-round pick in 2013 has just one interception and four pass breakups in 20 games in the NFL.
The Ravens' Matt Elam is expected to move from free safety to strong safety for his second season, reports the Baltimore Sun. Current strong safety James Ihedigbo is a free agent.
Elam had 77 tackles, three passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and an interception while playing all 16 games. The paper expects the hard-hitting Elam "to make a much bigger impact" at strong safety, his more natural position.