NFL’s First Openly Gay Player Sam Joins Cowboys Practice Squad

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Michael Sam, then with the St. Louis Rams, watches from the bench during the second half of a pre-season game against the New Orleans Saints game at the Edward Jones Dome on Aug. 8, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. Close

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Michael Sam, then with the St. Louis Rams, watches from the bench during the second half of a pre-season game against the New Orleans Saints game at the Edward Jones Dome on Aug. 8, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Michael Sam, the National Football League’s first openly gay player, has signed with the Dallas Cowboys’ 10-man practice squad, coach Jason Garrett said in a news conference today.

The rookie defensive end went unclaimed on waivers this week after he was cut by the St. Louis Rams when the team trimmed its roster to 53 players.

Sam, 24, said last week that he’d done all he could to make the team in St. Louis and that he was “very confident” he would be on an NFL roster this season. He had three of the Rams’ eight sacks during the preseason and was tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 11.

Sam publicly revealed his sexuality three months before he was picked by the Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft.

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