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Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam ready for first NFL start after early frustrations

By in Press Enterprise on December 1, 2017

By Rich Hammond

THOUSAND OAKS — Samson Ebukam dominated a special-teams drill on the fourth day of training camp. Then, in a moment that required little interpretation, Ebukam reached for the back of his leg.

“It was the first day of pads,” Ebukam said. “I was like, ‘Come on, man, I’m trying to prove myself.’”

Ebukam, a linebacker drafted by the Rams out of Eastern Washington in the fourth round this year, missed most of camp with that strained hamstring. Slowly but steadily, Ebukam has showed himself worthy of playing time, first on special teams and then on defense, and now his big moment has arrived.

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Starting linebacker Connor Barwin broke a bone in his forearm last week, so Ebukam is expected to start his first NFL regular-season game Sunday when the Rams play the Arizona Cardinals.

“It’s a dream come true,” Ebukam said. “Everything that has happened to bring me to this point, it’s all God’s plan. I really hate seeing any of my teammates get injured, especially the way he did, but he’s done a great job of leading me to where I am today.”

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