Matt Elam shouldn't be sidelined long


OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- At least this time, an injury to the Baltimore Ravens secondary won't go beyond a week.

Starting safety Matt Elam injured his leg in Saturday's preseason game against the Washington Redskins and didn't practice Monday. He isn't expected to play in the preseason finale because coach John Harbaugh will rest his starters.

Harbaugh expects Elam to return to practice Friday, a day after the preseason game in New Orleans.

"Matt has a little leg issue from the game, a muscle issue," Harbaugh said. "He should be out there Friday."

The Ravens are already dealing with three injuries in the defensive backfield. Their top three cornerbacks -- Lardarius Webb (back), Jimmy Smith (chest) and Asa Jackson (ankle) -- didn't play last Saturday and probably won't suit up for the preseason finale.

All are expected to be ready for the Sept. 7 regular season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.