Ravens safety Matt Elam suspended one game for substance-abuse violation

Ravens safety Matt Elam's suspension is the latest setback for one of Ozzie Newsome's big draft misses.

Injured Ravens safety Matt Elam has been suspended one game without pay for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, the league announced Friday.

Elam, who is on injured reserve after tearing his biceps during training camp, will serve his suspension Sunday. The suspension will cost Elam one game check, worth approximately $60,000. (Players on injured reserve still get paid.)

“We have been aware of this situation for a while,” a Ravens spokesman said in a statement. “Matt has been in our building rehabbing his injury on a regular basis, and he will continue to do so.”

It's the latest setback for a player who so far has been one of general manager Ozzie Newsome’s biggest draft misses. A first-round pick in 2013, Elam made little impact on the field the previous two seasons. He has started 26 of 32 games and has 123 career tackles and one interception.

He played poorly enough last season that he was replaced in the starting lineup by Will Hill. Elam entered training camp this year in the best shape of his career and challenging for a starting job, but the biceps injury ended his season before it began.

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