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Ravens safety Matt Elam back to practice, just in time

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The Ravens announced the decision to pull safety Matt Elam off injured reserve today.

The former first round pick was placed on IR while he recovered from a knee injury suffered in the first preseason game.

Elam is now able to return to practice, and has 21 days to be activated to the 53-man roster, or else he will be placed on season ending injured reserve, per Ryan Mink of the team's official website.

While he hasn't ever been particularly productive in his career, Elam will hopefully provide a boost to a secondary that greatly needs it.

Baltimore Beatdown’s Kyle P Barber attended the Ravens’ training camp practices, and reported on a greatly improved Elam. Matt called his own audible and created an interception in camp which brought Eric Weddle roaring from the sideline. Let’s not forget his big tackles made all over the field in preseason.

His role will likely remain as a backup for now, assuming he is activated to the 53. Over time, if he continues his strong play from training camp, Elam may work himself into a more meaningful role.