St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

Sam in a preseason game with the Rams.
Defensive end Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday as NFL teams needed to cut their rosters down to 53 players before 4 p.m. –Getty Images

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Just like for hundreds of other young, hopeful players across the NFL, cut down day on Saturday ended in disappointment for Michael Sam, the former Missouri defensive end who became the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL.

The St. Louis Rams released Sam on Saturday, the team announced shortly after the 4 p.m. deadline for teams to get down to 53 players.

Sam is still eligible to be signed to the Rams’ practice squad if he clears waivers by noon ET tomorrow and is not claimed by another team.

Sam was taken by the Rams in the seventh round with the 249th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and survived the preseason’s first big cutdown earlier this week, when teams had to trim their rosters down to 75 players.


In the Rams final preseason game on Thursday against the Dolphins, Sam recorded six combined tackles, finishing the preseason with 10 combined tackles and three sacks.

As a senior at Missouri last season, Sam was named the SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year.

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