Michael Sam has been cut for the second time in his short NFL career. The defensive was today released by the Dallas Cowboys form their practice squad in order to make room for a linebacker.
Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, signed with the Cowboys on September 3rd, a week after he was among the final cuts of a St. Louis Rams defense that had no place for him.
The former Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year, was drafted by the Rams organization in the 7th round of the 2014 draft. Sam dropped down nearly all experts mock drafts after he decided to come out, sliding from a projected 3rd-5th rounder to one of the last picks, with teams apparently unwilling to have the distraction that comes with the first openly gay player in league history.
The defensive end shined during the preseason, recording three sacks, but his lack of versatility and the Rams’ depth at the position were the deciding factors to his release when the team made its final cuts to the 53-man roster.
Sam was then picked up by the Cowboys after clearing waivers and signed to their practice squad. He was never activated for an actual regular season game and has now been let go in order to make room for Troy Davis, a second year linebacker out of Central Florida who had been working out with the side on Monday.
Sam addressed his waiving on Twitter earlier today:
"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."
Hopefully another team takes a chance on Sam and he can finally at least get some game time in the league. With the complete lack of stories about his time at Dallas in the media, it is pretty clear to see that the fear he would be a distraction was incredibly misplaced.