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

(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.

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.
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)
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