Just a few days into training camp, the Baltimore Ravens already lost a defender that coaches were hoping would bounce back this year. Matt Elam, a third-year safety, suffered a torn biceps during practice on Saturday, the team said.
The injury happened on the first day of full-contact practice, when Elam went to grab a receiver’s arm. Head Coach John Harbaugh called it a “fluke injury.”
“I’m not real optimistic right now,” Harbaugh said Sunday. “I haven’t heard the final word, but it wasn’t real optimistic yesterday talking to the doctors.” The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson later reported that Elam is expected to be out for the year..
Elam, a former first round draft pick, was reportedly in better shape and aiming to have a standout year after a disappointing 2014 campaign. He was competing with Will Hill for the starting safety job.