Michael Sam cut from Dallas Cowboys practice squad
Out NFL player Michael Sam has been cut from the practice team of the Dallas Cowboys.
Sam, who made history in May as the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, was cut by the St Louis Rams in August.
He was later picked up by the Cowboys for their 10-man practice squad, but was still yet to make history again as an openly gay player in a real NFL match.
However, despite reportedly “making good progress” on the practice squad last month, a press release has said Sam’s spot will now be filled by linebacker Troy Davis.
It reads: “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.”
Michael Sam wrote on Twitter: “I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates, and fans for their support.
“While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday.”