Report | NFL suspends former Ravens S Matt Elam

August 20, 2016: Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam (26) before the NFL preseason week 2 game between the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
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Former Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam has been suspended for six weeks for violating an NFL policy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. It’s unclear which policy Elam violated.

Elam, who played his college football at the University of Florida, was originally selected by the Ravens in the first round (32nd pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He played in all 16 games during his rookie campaign, making 15 starts. He finished with 77 tackles, a pair of fumble recoveries and an interception.

The following year, Elam played in all 16 games, starting 11 of them. The 26-year-old ended up recording 52 tackles, a half of a sack, a forced fumble and five passes defended.

Elam then proceeded to miss the entire 2015 season after suffering a torn bicep shortly before the season began.

He was placed on the injured reserve list again at the beginning of the 2106 campaign and finally returned on Nov. 5 of that year. However, he was unproductive, registering just one tackle in nine games.

The Ravens ultimately decided against picking up the final year of his rookie contract due to injuries and an overall lack of productivity.

Elam is viewed as one of the biggest busts from the 2013 draft class. He was named a first-team All-American after his junior campaign at Florida in 2012 when he racked up 76 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks, four interceptions, a forced fumble and five passes defended. He was also first-team All-SEC that year.

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