Two of the last 3 practices, the Carolina Panthers have struggled with the injury bug. Wednesday, they got some good as wide receiver Curtis Samuel practiced for the first time at training camp.
"It felt good to catch a ball and burst off the line," said Samuel after this morning's practice. "Just got to get back into the feel of the game. It won't take me long. I'm a player. I'm a baller. This is what I love to do."
Samuel failed his physical on check in day at the start of training camp and was held out the first 5 practices. He came into camp sore as he pushed himself during offseason workouts.
"It was just precautionary," said Samuel. "But I'm good now."
For Panthers fans, his absence was a cause for concern. Samuel's rookie season was cut short after he broke his ankle in the Miami game in 2017. He also sustained ligament damage in the very same injury.
While Samuel is still working his way back, he is quick to let everyone know, he has not lost a step.
"I'm always fast," said Samuel. "When I really get it going and feel good running and when I feel that wind, that's when I'll know it is go time."
"He's just trying to feel his way back out there," said head coach Ron Rivera. "As he starts to progress and get better and better, then we will really be able to access where he is."