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Michael Sam Cut from St. Louis Rams Roster, Practice Squad

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If Michael Sam is going to be the first out gay player to play in the NFL, it probably won't be with the St. Louis Rams.

Coach Jeff Fisher called Sam last weekend and met with him Sunday to tell him he's one of four players cut from the Rams' 53-player roster.

"It was a football decision just like it was a football decision back in May to draft Mike," Fisher tells Yahoo Sports. "It's been all about football. I was pulling for Mike; I really was. I don't say that very often."

Immediately after being cut from the roster, Sam had two options: sign to the Rams practice squad or join another team, either as a waiver pick or a free agent. But by the time the Rams filled the practice squad Sunday night, it was clear none of the ten players would be Sam.

See also: This Was the Stupidest Reaction to Michael Sam Getting Drafted on the Entire Internet

That the Rams didn't sign Sam to the practice squad doesn't come as much of a surprise. The team is already stacked with defensive ends, Sam's position, on the active roster, and the team only signed one defensive lineman to its backup practice squad.

Update, 3:45 p.m.: Looks like Sam could be on his way to Dallas.

So far, no other NFL team has claimed Sam. That means he's a free agent, looking for a new home alongside many other players in football limbo.

Fisher says Sam was never a "distraction" for the team despite his history-making launch into the NFL. But Buffalo Bills player Eric Wood says he thinks that's why other teams aren't picking Sam up:

The fat lady hasn't sung on Sam's NFL prospects yet, and Sam, a seventh-round draft pick who had an impressive three sacks during the preseason, says his goal to be the first openly gay player competing on an NFL gridiron hasn't changed.

"I'm very confident that I'll be playing on a NFL roster this fall," said Sam to the Associated Press.


Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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