St. Louis Rams Cut Michael Sam
But he could still end up with Rams, NFL sources say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 30, 2014 3:10 PM CDT
In this May 13, 2014, file photo, St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility in St. Louis.   (Jeff Roberson)

(Newser) – The St. Louis Rams have released Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass-rushers. He still can be picked up by another team or make the Rams' practice squad. After all, Sam had a good preseason with three sacks and 11 tackles, and led the team with six tackles on the last preseason game Thursday night in Miami, ESPN reports.

"I believe he can play in this league," said coach Jeff Fisher after the game. Once the waiver period ends tomorrow, teams can pick up players that didn't make the last round of cuts—but will they take Sam? NFL sources say he'll probably return to develop in the Rams system: "They know him better than anyone else," an NFL front office executive tells the Washington Post. "He played pretty well. ... He’s a guy that looks like he could get called up to your roster if someone gets hurt." The Rams selected the SEC co-defensive player of the year at Missouri with the 249th overall pick out of 256 overall during May's draft. Sam came out as gay following his final season at Missouri.

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Russell's Teapot
Sep 4, 2014 2:36 AM CDT
Of course the St. Louis Rams are just a bunch of homophobes! Isn't that right liberals?
Aug 31, 2014 5:39 PM CDT
Did he need stiches?
Eris Raven
Aug 31, 2014 1:17 PM CDT
Michael Sam is an excellent young player who would have been drafted far earlier were he not honest about his sexual preferences. Sure, football is a tough sport. Big hairy deal. You think he's really the first gay player in the sport? Grow up. Once you do your homework and actually learn the facts, you can at least know the truth of what you're apparently going to bash anyway. This young man did the responsible and honest thing. Which is better, a man is a committed loving relationship, or any of the number of NFL players with drug abuse, DUIs, illegitimate children, and violent off-the-field behaviors? I'm a parent, and I'd ten times rather have my son looking up to Michael Sam than to many of the gridiron's other players.