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The NFL’s first openly gay player, Michael Sam, is currently without a team. He was with the St. Louis Rams, but was cut Aug. 30. After this, he was given a chance by the Dallas Cowboys to sign to their practice squad on Sept 3. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli spoke highly of Sam’s work ethic at practice and praise Sam for working on improving his skills. Garrett stated this about Sam, “Comes to work every day and practices hard, one of 10 practice roster guys that we have, so he’s working on his skills, trying to develop, but also doing a lot of other things. Playing offense, defense, playing the kicking game, that’s what a lot of those guys do.” However, the Cowboys were not intending to make Sam an active player due to DeMarcus Lawrence’s eligibility to play coming up Nov. 2. Sam was released from the practice squad yesterday, Oct. 21. He took to twitter to express his appreciation “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.”

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