Baltimore Ravens return specialist B.J. Sams' driving under the influence case was postponed until May 15 at his lawyer's request.
Sams was arrested for his second DUI in 14 months shortly before 2 a.m. Oct. 3 on the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway. He was also charged with negligent driving and illegal lane change.>br>
Sams received probation before judgment for his first DUI.
In this latest case, Sams' Chevrolet Tahoe sport utility vehicle reportedly swerved and nearly hit a vehicle, according to a police report. When a trooper pulled Sams over, the officer smelled alcohol. Police would not say if he took a breathalyzer test.
If convicted, Sams could face possible sanctions according to the league's substance-abuse policy. That decision would be based on a review by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and could include as much as a four-game suspension or a fine.
It's unclear how the league would view the legal outcome of the first case since, technically, Sams didn't plead guilty. He wasn't sanctioned by the league at the time.
In August 2005, Sams was traveling 89 mph in a 55 mph zone and was charged with driving under the influence, negligent driving and speeding.
Sams is recovering from a broken fibula and is expected to be ready by training camp after undergoing surgery in December to aid the healing process.
He averaged 25.7 yards per kickoff return last season, including a long return of 72 yards, averaging 10.6 yards per punt return with a long return of 65 yards.
The Ravens gave the restricted free agent an $850,000 low tender prior to free agency.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.
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