St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Defensive end Michael Sam has not been claimed on waivers, meaning he’s free to sign with an NFL team’s practice squad.
Waived Saturday by the St. Louis Rams as part of the final cut for the 2014 season, Sam became the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft when he was picked by the Rams in the seventh round.
Despite his good showing in the preseason, Sam was beaten by undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on the Rams. Westbrooks was one of nine defensive linemen to make the team.
After the cut, Sam tweeted that he looks “forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career.”
According to sources, Rams coach Jeff Fisher and Sam are expected to talk Sunday.
Earlier, Fisher made no guarantees of Sam securing a spot on the team’s 10-man practice squad because of the team’s needs for more bodies at other positions.
“I’m not going to go into what his odds are or what those opportunities are until we sift through things tomorrow,” Fisher said.