"It was flukish," said Sample, who had surgery last Friday to insert a plate and two screws and will have a checkup Wednesday to determine if he is able to have them removed soon. "It was crazy. You see it every day at practice, where somebody's elbow hits an arm or something. It was just a crazy break."
Sample is expected to return at some point in training camp, but he is missing valuable time. He had already made solid progress and had gotten a few reps with the first-team defense before his injury and coach Gus Bradley said the plan was to increase that total this week. He was competing with free-agent signee Sergio Brown.
"It would've been great to have him because he was coming along," Bradley said. "Last week I talked about we're going to try and get him some reps up there with the ones, so not to have him in there to get those is unfortunate, but the good news is he'll be back, we'll have him for the season."
Sample, the Jaguars' fourth-round pick, is disappointed with the timing of the injury but isn't down.
"I wouldn't say I was crushed because injuries are part of the game," he said. "But it was just knowing that you work so hard to start getting reps -- I got a couple with the ones on Thursday -- and you just got to go back to the drawing board and start all over again and get back at it.
"I've got to take the same approach, which is studying and getting better on the field and rehab now."