Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam is changing his jersey number.
Originally assigned No. 31, which was former Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard's number, Elam now will wear No. 26.
The number became available when the Ravens withdrew their exclusive-rights free agent tender to safety Emanuel Cook, making him a free agent.
A first-round draft pick, Elam made the announcement via his official Twitter account: @ElamvsElo
That number has significance for Elam because it was once worn by his older brother, Abram Elam, when he was playing safety for the Cleveland Browns.
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