St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam
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The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL has been dropped by the St. Louis Rams.
“Sam’s efforts to become the first openly gay player in NFL history came up just short in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks.
“Westbrooks is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot.
“Sam officially hit waivers Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when all NFL teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. From there, the other 31 teams will have 24 hours to put in a claim for Sam.
“According to one league source, the Rams would like to bring Sam back to their 10-man practice squad.”
Sam, who played defensive end for Missouri in college, was selected 249th out of 256 in the May draft after coming out earlier in the year about his homosexuality.
Another NFL team could possibly sign Sam to its roster, or the defensive end could wind up back with the Rams, on their practice squad.
Sam has remained positive about the release and even took to Twitter to thank the Rams and the city of St. Louis. He also writes, “I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career.”