Michael Sam piled up 11 tackles and three sacks in four preseason games.
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) -
If Michael Sam does open the regular season on an NFL roster, it will have to be on another team.
The league's first openly gay active player was among 21 players waived by the St. Louis Rams as the club whittled down its roster to the 53-man limit on Saturday.
Sam, a seventh-round pick in this year's draft who publicly declared his homosexuality prior to February's scouting combine, was beaten out by rookie free agent Ethan Westbrooks for the last of nine defensive ends kept by the Rams.
Rams just made things easier for Michael Sam
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
To those activists fighting for Michael Sam to be treated like everyone else in the NFL, rest assured ... on this day, he was.
The first openly-gay player drafted by an NFL team was waived by the St Louis Rams on Saturday as teams across the league reduced their rosters to the NFL- mandated limit of 53.
"It was a football decision, and the decision is no different than any other decision that we make," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said at a Saturday afternoon news conference."