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Michael Sam Fails to Make St. Louis Rams Final Cut


Early reports are coming in that Michael Sam has failed to make the St. Louis Rams' final cut and will not be on the team's 53-man roster.  

Sam was widely seen to be competing for the ninth spot on the defensive line with fellow rookie Ethan Westbrooks.

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Outsports reports that Sam will be available to the other 31 teams for 24 hours.

If he gets claimed, he will have a spot on the roster of that team. If he is not claimed, he can be added to the Rams' 10-man practice squad. This means he can practice with the team but not play, and his salary would be much less than the $440,000 he would get for making the roster; practice players are guaranteed a minimum salary of $6,300 per week for the 17-week season.

All throughout the preseason, Sam had been demonstrating his prowess on the field as defensive end - including an impressive sack of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel ("Johnny Football") during last week match-up. 

Earlier this week, Rams' head coach Jeff Fisher praised Sams' performance, saying "I believe he can play in this league"

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  1. Hopefully he'll sign on with another team. I think he got a fair shot and with all the injuries that happen during a season, he'll be on the field before the end of the year.

    Posted by: Des Moines | Aug 30, 2014 4:13:57 PM

  2. Well, that news kind of brings me down this Saturday evening. I was hoping for Mister Sams.

    BUT!!! There is still Canada, and still Europe, and damn, there are still other NFL teams. Somebody will want him....along with Vito :-)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 30, 2014 4:15:41 PM

  3. There are teams out there who need good defensive players and I hope they are smart enough to pick up Mr. Sam.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Aug 30, 2014 4:27:01 PM

  4. Hopefully other team with pick him up, but frankly after all the discussions about him being a distraction i'm not optimist.

    At least he proved he can play, and he sells tshirts really well

    Posted by: jjose712 | Aug 30, 2014 4:33:12 PM

  5. Homophobia prevails at the NFL. But "We Shall Overcome One Day"

    Posted by: Donald | Aug 30, 2014 4:35:23 PM

  6. I think he had a fair shot & just came up short because the existing players and the higher draft pick all came to play.

    Most importantly there was no hint of drama out of the locker. That pretty much clears away one hurdle. And if he is on the practice team that is not a bad spot given the possibility of 1-8 being injured during four months of regular season and then potential playoff rounds.

    Posted by: robroy | Aug 30, 2014 4:42:12 PM

  7. The Rams sound like they want to have him on the practice squad, and the normal process for that is to cut a player and wait until he clears waivers.
    How about we don't all freak out about it just yet?

    Posted by: fhrblig | Aug 30, 2014 4:47:04 PM

  8. I don't think so in this case Donald. Like Phoenix Justice says there are teams in need of new defensive blood, theRams not so much. If you take that into account, along with the fact that he was out played by at least one other rookie, this is not a surprise.

    Posted by: John | Aug 30, 2014 4:47:36 PM

  9. I don't, for one minute, think this was a fair decision. ESPN's recent hit piece headed by a homophobic black reporter was the nail in his draft pick coffin. Despite ESPN's claims they are 'all inclusive' they are lying and have on too many occasions belittled, degraded and humiliated gay athletes. Too much of the white male hetero "God forbid we let a homo in our locker room" mentality. Im ticked and disappointed. The RAMS have lost the great support of the gay community and hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional revenue.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 30, 2014 5:02:52 PM

  10. This is not a surprise. Sam had a very slim window to make the team and was fighting with another rookie who was on fire. He still was able to show he is a valuable player.

    I expect he will find another spot in the NFL.

    Posted by: Sean | Aug 30, 2014 5:09:14 PM

  11. Michael Sam's saga got me to care about football in a way that I never had before.

    I am very disappointed that Sam did not make the final cut. Maybe he'll be picked up by another team.

    Posted by: elg | Aug 30, 2014 5:27:56 PM

  12. Oh come on! It's 2014, nearly 2015, and still no openly gay player anywhere in the thousands in the NFL. If it hasn't happened by now, it is never going to happen. The NFL is a strictly heterosexual club. You know, the No F** League.

    Posted by: Martin | Aug 30, 2014 5:50:45 PM

  13. What do you expect of a deeply homophobic NFL where teams hire women dressed in very little clothing to cheer on the team? Sexism and homophobia rule at the NFL.

    Posted by: petey | Aug 30, 2014 6:03:05 PM

  14. It's disgusting. There's always a reason these people can find to screw this guy over. He was a top player from a Div I college and was ranked 90 in the draft. He comes out and overnight he drops to a 180 rank. By the end of the process, he just barely gets picked, coming in at something like 240.

    Then he plays well. He gets more tackles than any other Ram. But no, that's not good enough. Sorry, best of luck to you!

    F*ck the NFL.

    Posted by: Dale | Aug 30, 2014 6:19:01 PM

  15. Until there is hard evidence otherwise - I will give the team the benefit of the doubt regarding team cuts. I am no fan of any professional sport but I would think that the organization would be extremely aware that any hint of impropriety would hurt them more than having a gay player in this high profile instance. So all you tinfoil wearing conspiracy espousing nincompoops just calm the heck down and see where this goes.

    Posted by: Essus | Aug 30, 2014 6:23:16 PM

  16. But Petey/Rick, you champion homophobia, transphobia and sexism on this site under your various aliases daily. If anything, you should be celebrating this loss for Sam.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 30, 2014 6:27:30 PM

  17. Donald...don't pretend to know a thing about football. Sam had little chance to make the team from the get-go. They are extraordinarily deep at his position. What they did do was draft a player overlooked by the rest of the league, put him in the company of great players at his position and gave him the experience and exposure needed to ensure that he will be picked up by another team. I loathe people who cry wolf when they are completely unaware of the actual situation.

    Posted by: Michael Angelo | Aug 30, 2014 6:38:35 PM

  18. ugggh this is ridiculous. i hope someone snatches him up.

    Posted by: Honesty | Aug 30, 2014 7:09:52 PM

  19. He isn't a good player, at least he can get a reality show with his boyfriend

    Posted by: BRUNO | Aug 30, 2014 7:36:45 PM

  20. Not overly surprised; he's a good player but not an outstanding one and sometimes that's what you have to be in order to make the cut. And as someone mentioned above, the team has a rather deep pool of players at that position. In this case, I'm fairly certain homophobia had zero to do with the decision.

    Posted by: ChrisGa | Aug 30, 2014 8:05:55 PM

  21. LoL...fact is he wastn't a good player,&he won't be picked up by another team its the end of the road for him.I bet this snow queens bf will find himself someone better now.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 30, 2014 8:06:56 PM

  22. don't push this as homophobia, there was artical last week saying that the final spot was coming down to sam and a another rookie was playing , the other rookie was leading to get the spot, he was playing good football , that's why he got the spot and sam got cutt. this is just regiular business of the nfl

    Posted by: lee | Aug 30, 2014 8:24:50 PM

  23. 6000 grand a week minimum for their practice squad - 17 weeks = 100K + my god - i wish someone would pay me 100K to work 17 weeks - on the practice squad - whatever the hell that is - he's what? 23 and can maybe pull in 100K for 17 weeks of practice squad - not so shabby
    we should all be so lucky - there are also book and endorsement deals aplenty no doubt

    Posted by: j | Aug 30, 2014 9:05:48 PM

  24. I think Michael Sam will find a spot on another team. In addition to his football ability, he's plainly money in the bank for the NFL. They would be crazy to miss this opportunity.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 30, 2014 9:13:48 PM

  25. An impressive "sacking?" Not a football fan, Kyler Geoffroy?

    Posted by: chris | Aug 30, 2014 9:26:57 PM

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