-- Baltimore Ravens return specialist B.J. Sams practiced with the team one day after being charged with driving under the influence, and Coach Brian Billick again was left to answer questions about a player's legal woes.
"We have to let the process work itself out," Billick said. "I kind of get tired of having to say that all the time. So we are not going to pre-judge.
"I can't lock them up and put them away 24-7," said Billick, who allows veterans to stay at their homes after the first two days of training camp. "He had free time, and I don't want to comment until we know exactly what happened. There are legal liabilities here. But anytime someone has free time, they have to act responsibly. You can't do it any other way."
Sams was stopped shortly after 2 a.m. on Monday after he was clocked going 89 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 83 in Baltimore County. A state trooper noticed signs that Sams had been drinking, and after further investigation, Sams was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, negligent driving and speeding.
Sams was apologetic, Billick said. The Ravens did not make Sams available to reporters after practice on Tuesday.
NFL teams are allowed to fine or suspend players for breaking team rules, but Billick said Sams was not in violation because he was on his own time. Sams was present for team meetings on Monday (the Ravens did not practice). He could be subject to discipline from the NFL -- likely a fine -- if he is convicted or pleads guilty.
Sams's arrest is the latest in a string of legal troubles for the Ravens. Running back Jamal Lewis recently completed a six-month federal drug conspiracy sentence, and defensive end Terrell Suggs missed mandatory minicamp because he was on trial for two counts of aggravated assault (he was acquitted on all charges). Last spring, cornerback Corey Fuller was charged with running a gambling house and using a gun in the commission of a felony. Fuller, who was acquitted in January, is no longer with the team.
"The process is what I am tired of talking about sometimes," Billick said. "At some point, everyone has to take responsibility for their actions."
Sams, 24, was signed as a rookie free agent from McNeese State last spring and became the kickoff and punt returner in training camp. He set a franchise single-season record with 1,826 combined return yards last year, and he returned two punts for touchdowns, which tied for the league lead. He did not play in Baltimore's preseason game at Atlanta on Saturday night.
Ravens Notes: Safety Ed Reed, who was held out of the Atlanta game as a precaution after suffering a minor knee injury late last week, returned to practice. . . .
Linebacker Adalius Thomas participated in portions of practice for the first time since hyperextending his knee on Aug. 9. . . .
Tight end Todd Heap, who underwent separate surgeries on his ankle and shoulder during the offseason, continued to work out on his own with the team trainer. The Ravens had targeted this week for Heap's return, but next week seems more likely. Heap is on the physically unable to perform list. . . .
The Ravens cut punt-kickoff specialist Jesse Ohliger, who punted four times for an average of 37.8 yards against the Falcons. They signed place kicker Owen Pochman in his place.