Michael Sam among last of 1,100+ players cut this week by NFL teams

Openly gay defensive lineman Michael Sam didn't make the final cut for the St. Louis Rams on...

Openly gay defensive lineman Michael Sam didn't make the final cut for the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:42 PM ET

Rookie Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL football player, on Saturday was among the last of more than 1,100 league players to be cut this week.

The team that selected him near the end of May’s draft, the St. Louis Rams, announced the specialist pass-rusher was among 21 players waived.

All players released on Friday or Saturday are eligible to sign with other teams starting Sunday at noon EDT. Failing that, cut players may accept an offer to join a team’s 10-man practice squad.

Reports out of St. Louis late this week suggested the Rams, overflowing with able pass rushers, hoped that Sam would be available for such an assignment.

The Rams wound up cutting all five of the players they selected in the sixth and seventh rounds.


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