Are the St. Louis Rams Sam's club?

St. Louis Rams defensive lineman Michael Sam addresses the press after practice at Rams Park on...

St. Louis Rams defensive lineman Michael Sam addresses the press after practice at Rams Park on July 29, 2014. (SCOTT ROVAK/USA Today)

Bill Lankhof, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:57 AM ET

Michael Sam has proven one thing to himself: He can play in the NFL.

Whether he has proven to the St. Louis Rams that he can play for them remains to be seen.

The Rams must decide by 4 p.m. Saturday when rosters are trimmed to 53 players whether to keep Sam, their seventh-round pick, and the league's first openly-gay player.

The Rams have 58 players left on their roster -- including defensive end Sam -- after cutting 17 on Friday.

Sam slapped an exclamation point on an already impressive body of preseason work Thursday, proving he can do more than just rush the passer by producing against the run with a team-high six tackles.

Sam has been in competition for what was believed to be the final defensive line position with Ethan Westbrooks, an undrafted but versatile rookie out of West Texas A & M. Both have been equally impressive. On Thursday, Westbrooks had four tackles, a sack and two quarterback hits in a 14-13 loss to Miami. Both have shown they can play; St. Louis limiting Miami to 2.7 yards per carry on 29 attempts.


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