Michael Sam No Longer With Dallas Cowboys' Practice Squad

Posted: Oct 21 2014, 11:58pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Michael Sam No Longer With Dallas Cowboys' Practice Squad
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  • The Dallas Cowboys released rookie defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad on Oct. 21.
  • Sam is the first-openly gay player in the league, but has yet to play in a regular-season game.
  • Sam, who was previously on the St. Louis Rams' training camp roster, made $6,300 per week with the Cowboys' practice squad.

The Dallas Cowboys released controversial rookie defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad on Oct. 21. Sam is the first openly-gay player in the NFL.

The Dallas Cowboys released Michael Sam from their practice squad roster on Oct. 21.

According to Nick Eatman of the Cowboys' official website, the Cowboys made the move in order to accommodate linebacker Troy Davis:

"The Cowboys have decided to waive defensive end Michael Sam.

"The practice squad player who joined the team on Sept. 3, spent the first seven weeks of the season on the 10-man squad and 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 (St. Louis) Rams. He spent all of the offseason and training camp with 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 these guys do.'

"In the preseason, Sam showed off some pass-rushing skills with three sacks in four games with the Rams. Still, St. Louis decided to part ways with Sam, who starred at Missouri and was the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

"The move opens a spot for linebacker Troy Davis, a second-year pro from Central Florida who worked out with the team on Monday. The Cowboys re-signed seventh-round pick Ken Bishop to the practice squad. Bishop was cut from the 53-man roster on Saturday to make room for linebacker Keith Smith."

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence E. Hill, Jr. adds more details about Sam's release on Tuesday:

"Sam expressed his gratitude to the Cowboys for giving him an opportunity on Twitter via @MichaelSamNFL: 'I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates and fans for their support. While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday.'

"The Cowboys gave him an opportunity and it speaks volumes about what they ultimately think about his skills considering they are a team in desperate need of pass rush help.

"The Cowboys have seven sacks through seven games, but never considered the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year a legitimate option.

"...The Cowboys are hoping rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, the team's second-round pick from Boise State, gives them some help when he returns from injury in two weeks.

"Sam has not spoken to the media or done interviews since his initial signing with the Cowboys.

"He made $6,300 as member of the practice squad.

"Now he is looking for a new home and a new opportunity to become the first openly-gay player to officially play a game in the NFL."

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