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Michael Sam, NFL's first openly gay player, is cut by St. Louis Rams
Michael Sam, NFL's first openly gay player, is cut by St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams have pushed the pause button on the football career of rookie linebacker Michael Sam. Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, was released Saturday in the final round of cuts, just missing a spot on the team's 53-man roster. There’s still a possibility Sam could wind up with the Rams. In order to place him on their practice squad, they would need to place him on the waiver wire for a day, thus making him available to the league’s other 31 teams. Much like the draft, Sam's football future hinged on a down-to-the-wire decision. Only eight picks remained in the draft when Sam, the SEC defensive player of the year at Missouri, was chosen...

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