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Matt Elam receives one game suspension for substance abuse

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That's one way to recover from injury.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The argument for Matt Elam being a complete draft bust just got some new ammunition.

Today, the Ravens announced that the safety had been suspended one game for violating the league's policy on substance abuse.

The ailing Elam was already sidelined for the year with a torn biceps, and was placed on the injured reserve before the season began. Because of this, Elam will serve his suspension for a game that he wasn't going to be in anyway. He will serve his suspension this Sunday, and will lose one game check, or about $60,000.

While neither the Ravens nor the league has disclosed what the exact violation is, it's reasonable to suspect that the culprit is marijuana, or a similar substance, as the league typically hands down 1-week suspensions for such an offense.

This is just another retrogression for Elam, the team's first-round selection in 2013. Elam has started 26 games in his first two seasons, and has looked every bit like a bust when on the field.

Elam has one year left on his contract, and this kind of mistake can't possibly bode well with the Ravens' front office. With his dead money around $830k if he was cut, you've got to wonder if the Ravens decide it's worth it to keep him around.