Ravens Camp Report: Sams out with broken thumb

WESTMINSTER -- Rookie running back B.J. Sams' broken left thumb was surgically repaired with the insertion of two metal pins Sunday morning. <br><br> And his projected recovery time of a month immediately changes the complexion of the Baltimore Ravens' special teams.<br><br>

Sams had established himself as one of the top challengers to supplant incumbent return specialist Lamont Brightful.

Also, seventh-round draft pick Derek Abney has struggled with his hands during the first few days of training camp at McDaniel College. Monday morning, a Dave Zastudil punt ricocheted off the former Kentucky standout's facemask.

Meanwhile, Brightful has done little, if anything, to squander his built-in advantage of two seasons as a starter, although he has a history of suspect hands on punt returns.

"Definitely, this was my time and it's disappointing to have this happen," said Sams, an undrafted player from McNeese State. "Especially because on special teams they're looking for a punt returner who can secure the ball."

Ravens coach Brian Billick is hopeful that Sams will be able to recover enough in a week to take limited part in drills.

"We have to make sure the incisions heal up and there's no infection," Billick said. "We're still optimistic that he could still do enough things to give him a chance to be a part of this team."


Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times

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