Ravens safety Matt Elam will miss at least a significant part of the season, after suffering a knee injury during Saturday’s preseason game that will require arthroscopic knee surgery.
It’s an unfortunate development for Elam, a former first-round pick in 2013 trying to salvage his career with the Ravens.
After missing the entire 2015 season with a biceps injury, Elam was having his best training camp and preseason, and had a chance to make the 53-man roster.
However, this injury could lead to the end of Elam’s career with the Ravens. Only one player per team can return off the injured list during the season, and Elam is in the final year of his contract.
Eric Weddle and Lardarius Webb have been penciled in as the starting safeties, with Kendrick Lewis the primary backup. Elam’s injury likely opens the door for third-year safety Terrance Brooks to make the 53-man roster.
Elam hoped this would be a bounce back season for him, after not playing up to expectations so far during his career. Instead, Elam must deal with another injury, and an uncertain future.
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