Michael Sam Inks With Cowboys, Becomes First Openly Gay Player Signed To NFL Practice Squad

Al Weaver Reporter
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After being released Saturday by St. Louis, Michael Sam has signed on with the Dallas Cowboys as he aims to become the first openly gay player in NFL history.

Sam will be a member of Dallas’s practice squad, according to Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett, who announced the move Wednesday morning.

The 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year was previously released by the St. Louis Rams in one of their final roster cuts on Saturday, and was not added to their ten-player practice squad.

While Sam racked up three sacks during the preseason, the Rams have one of the best and deepest defensive lines in the NFL.

According to ESPN, Sam will be issued No. 46 with Dallas. The Missouri product wore No. 96 with St. Louis during the preseason.

Sam can be plucked off the practice squad by any team, but he must spend four weeks on the roster if selected.