The Dallas Cowboys have decided to waive defensive end Michael Sam.
Sam joined the team’s practice squad on Sept. 3, and spent the first seven weeks of the season on the 10-man squad. He never made it to the 53-man roster.
Sam, the first openly-gay player in the NFL, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Rams. He spent all of the offseason and training camp with the St. Louis before being released and signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad.Last week, head coach Jason Garrett was asked about Sam’s progress.
“Comes to work every day and practices hard,” Garrett said last Thursday. “One of 10 practice roster guys that we have, so he’s working on his skills, trying to develop, but also doing a lot of other things. Playing offense, defense, playing the kicking game, that’s what a lot of those guys do.”
Sam bagged three sacks in four games with the Rams in the preseason. Still, St. Louis decided to part ways with Sam, who starred at Missouri and was the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
But still, it wasn’t enough to land him a permanent spot on any NFL roster. As for Sam, he plans on continuing to prove that he can “play every Sunday.”
Best of luck Mr. Sam.
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