Sams says he'll play vs. Eagles tomorrow

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Hamstring strain healed

Thomas has full practice, could also be available

Ravens

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August 19, 2005|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Return specialist B.J. Sams said he will play in tomorrow night's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles after missing last week with a hamstring strain.

With the injury fully healed, Sams' outlook appears to be in good condition, as well. He was arrested and charged with drunken driving early Monday morning.

"People make mistakes," said Sams, addressing the incident for the first time. "I'm just going to go out and play my game."

Sams was going 89 mph in a 55 mph zone on a stretch of Interstate 83. However, he does not think this will hurt his chance of being on the team or ruin an otherwise solid reputation.

"People are going to think what they want to think and say what they want to say anyway, so I'm just going to go on and do what I have to do," Sams said.

Sams is being pushed by rookie Mark Clayton for the punt return job, but is expected to hold onto the position barring a total breakdown. Sams is confident, in spite of his troubles, that won't happen.

"I'm just going to go out there and focus, do what I'm supposed to do and mainly catch the ball," said Sams, who set a single-season franchise record with 1,826 combined return yards last year.

"I'll be out there the first half and will go on from there."

Thomas is getting closer

A week after suffering a hyperextended knee, linebacker Adalius Thomas participated in all of practice and looks close to playing tomorrow.

Thomas hurt the knee on a running play to Chester Taylor, an injury that looked much more serious at the time than it turned out to be. Thomas was limited in practice earlier this week but played nearly all the snaps with the starters yesterday.

Jarret Johnson would start if Thomas is unable to play.

"I think we'll get a final judgment [today]," Thomas said. "It depends on how it feels after working out on it for two straight days, seeing if is going to stiffen up or do whatever. But it feels good right now."

End zone

Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan will serve as honorary coach for 10,000 Special Olympics athletes from around the state. Ryan is also part of the honorary board of directors for Special Olympics Maryland. "I'm really honored to join such a great organization," he said. ... The Ravens will host three youth tackle football games tomorrow at M&T Bank Stadium as part of "Play Football Month," sponsored by the NFL, NFL Players Association and USA Football. ... Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs won the team's annual "King Ugly" contest.

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