Matt Elam is getting closer to finally returning to the field.
The former Florida safety, who now plays for the Baltimore Ravens, was selected on Tuesday to be removed from injured reserve, the team announced, after preseason knee surgery has forced him to miss the entire season to this point.
Elam missed all of 2015 with a biceps injury, having not played a game in the NFL since 2014, his second year in Baltimore.
The Ravens will have three weeks to add Elam to the 53-man roster. He will begin practicing with the team on Tuesday.
Elam has 87 tackles and a interception in 32 career games, playing every game in each of his first two seasons. While with the Gators, the safety recorded 176 tackles and six interceptions over three seasons. He left after his junior year and was a first-round pick of the Ravens in 2013.