ESPN’s Ed Werder confirmed Monday that Elam suffered a complete tear of the biceps muscle and the injury will requiring season-ending surgery.
Elam, a first-round pick by the Ravens in the 2013 NFL draft, was expected to push for a starting job this season. He started 11 of the 16 games he played in last year, recording 50 tackles, four pass deflections and one forced fumble, but was replaced as the starter midway through the season.
Elam was battling Will Hill for the Ravens’ starting strong safety job. Kendrick Lewis is expected to start at free safety after signing with the team in March.
As a rookie in 2013, Elam started 15 of the 16 games he played in and recorded 77 tackles, three pass deflections and one forced fumble.
The Ravens allowed the most passing yards in franchise history last season (3,979), but ranked No. 8 in total defense (336.9 yards allowed per game) and No. 6 in scoring defense (18.9 points allowed per game).