OWINGS MILLS – Ravens safety Matt Elam returned to practice Tuesday, after spending the entire season on the injured list with a knee injury. The Ravens have a 21-day window to place Elam on the 53-man roster, or to place him on season-ending injured reserve. Elam will be eligible to play his first game No. 10 against the Browns.
This could be Elam’s final chance to help the Ravens, after disappointing as a former first-round pick in 2013. Not only has Elam not performed up to expectations, but he missed the entire 2015 season with biceps injury. Elam has not played a regular season game since 2014, when he started 14 games.
However, this is an opportune time for Elam to return. Starting safety Lardarius Webb suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday’s loss to the Jets, and before his injury, he was badly outrun by Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa on a 69-yard touchdown play.
Backup safety Kendrick Lewis was placed on the injured list last week with a hamstring injury, further compromising the Ravens’ depth at safety. Eric Weddle, Anthony Levine, and Marqueston Huff are currently the only healthy safeties on the roster.