John M. Becker

BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Axe Michael Sam

Filed By John M. Becker | October 21, 2014 4:20 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: Dallas Cowboys, football, gay athletes, LGBT athletes, Michael Sam, NFL

michael-sam-2.jpgESPN reports that Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL draft pick, has been waived from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

The Dallas Cowboys have waived defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad and signed linebacker Troy Davis.

Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, signed with the Cowboys on Sept. 3 after he was among the final cuts of the St. Louis Rams...

When the Cowboys signed Sam, the team broke from the norm for a practice squad player and held an interview session outside the locker room because of the large corps of media on hand.

"It feels good to be a Cowboy," Sam said that day.

He did not answer questions after that day, slipping into the background like most practice squad players do. He made $6,300 per week.

Sam confirmed the news on Twitter:

UPDATE: The Cowboys have confirmed the news on their website:

The Cowboys have decided to waive defensive end Michael Sam.

The practice squad player who joined the team on Sept. 3, spent the first seven weeks of the season on the 10-man squad and never made it to the 53-man roster.

Sam, the first openly-gay player in the NFL, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Rams. He spent all of the offseason and training camp with the St. Louis before being released and signed to the Cowboys' practice squad.

The move opens a spot for linebacker Troy Davis, a second-year pro from Central Florida who worked out with the team on Monday.

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