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RAMS RELEASE MICHAEL SAM, BUT HE COULD RETURN TO PRACTICE SQUAD

The St. Louis Rams released Michael Sam on Saturday, the team announced. The defensive lineman is the first and currently only openly gay player in the league.

As a seventh-round pick, Sam was a longshot to make the Rams roster since they are already stacked with proven players at the defensive linemen position. 

“I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level,” Sam tweeted after finding out about his release. “I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career. The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues.”

Coach Jeff Fisher’s decision came down to carrying either nine or 10 defensive lineman on the team’s 53-man roster and the team decided to go with nine, leaving Sam as the odd man out.

But Sam’s NFL career isn’t over yet. The 24-year-old could still end up back in St. Louis on the Rams’ practice squad or could be picked up by one of the other 31 teams.

Sam was pretty confident after the Rams final preseason game on Thursday that he’d be playing somewhere this year: “I’m very confident I’ll be on an NFL roster this fall,” Sam said.

In four preseason games, Sam tallied 11 tackles and three sacks. (Photo: Lynne Sladky/Associated Press)

kickoffcoverage:

RAMS RELEASE MICHAEL SAM, BUT HE COULD RETURN TO PRACTICE SQUAD

The St. Louis Rams released Michael Sam on Saturday, the team announced. The defensive lineman is the first and currently only openly gay player in the league.

As a seventh-round pick, Sam was a longshot to make the Rams roster since they are already stacked with proven players at the defensive linemen position. 

“I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level,” Sam tweeted after finding out about his release. “I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career. The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues.”

Coach Jeff Fisher’s decision came down to carrying either nine or 10 defensive lineman on the team’s 53-man roster and the team decided to go with nine, leaving Sam as the odd man out.

But Sam’s NFL career isn’t over yet. The 24-year-old could still end up back in St. Louis on the Rams’ practice squad or could be picked up by one of the other 31 teams.

Sam was pretty confident after the Rams final preseason game on Thursday that he’d be playing somewhere this year: “I’m very confident I’ll be on an NFL roster this fall,” Sam said.

In four preseason games, Sam tallied 11 tackles and three sacks. (Photo: Lynne Sladky/Associated Press)

dreamerunderdog:

Love this photo. They made it so I’m gonna continue to work and chase my dream.

hellyeahstlrams:

So Chris Long and James Laurinaitis have the best bromance ever. 

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justinssportscorner:

SB Nation:

Michael Sam is going to be a talking point this season by virtue of being the NFL’s first openly homosexual player, but his Rams teammates were asked some unusual questions in how Sam fits into the locker room.

ESPN reporter Josina Anderson appeared on SportsCenter to discuss the rookie defensive end, and following a series of complimentary points she began to talk about the showering habits of Rams players. There were no salacious details, but in order to find out who on the team had showered at the same time as Sam means the question was asked in the first place, by somebody. It’s unclear whether Anderson asked herself, or simply heard players’ answers.

BREAKING: St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford out for the 2014 NFL Season. Shaun Hill will be the starting QB for us.

Michael Sam sacks Johnny Manziel during the preseason game between the Rams and the Browns

(Source: jamandstuff)

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RAMS QB SAM BRADFORD LEAVES GAME WITH KNEE INJURY, TEST SHOW NO DAMAGE TO ACL

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was removed from Saturday’s preseason game with an apparent leg injury.

Bradford, who is recovering from a torn ACL, took a hit after releasing the ball by defensive end Amonty Bryant in the first half. He was on the ground for a bit before he was escorted back to the locker room for further evaluation. The trainers were tending to his left knee — the same knee he injured last year. 

The good news is Bradford and the Rams may have dodged a bullet. Initial tests on his left knee did not reveal any damage to his ACL, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. He is expected to undergo further tests on Sunday. (Photo: Associated Press)