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St Louis Rams make cuts but keep big name defender... For now

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According to sources close to the organization, the St Louis Rams have released 17 players on Friday but their biggest name of the summer is still believed to be with the team.

Michael Sam, the much publicized Defensive End has been, like all rookies in the NFL, fighting for the chance to remain in the league after being drafted in this year's draft.

Drafted in the seventh round, Sam has become the first openly gay player to play in the NFL and has also received a lot of publicity.

Having survived Friday's cuts to the roster as the Rams downsize to meet the 53 player roster required by the league, Sam now knows he could be within the final five to go.

With Saturday's deadline for all teams to submit their final 53-man roster looming, Sam is in competition with fellow rookie Ethan Westbrooks for one of the final places.

Despite not currently being guaranteed to still be in a job this time tomorrow, Sam remained fairly confident of his chances, claiming: "I'm very confident that I'm going to sleep really well tonight."

He continued "I'm very confident I'm going to be on a team, the Rams or any other team in the NFL."

Sam made a very commanding end to the Rams pre-season leading the team with six tackles in their 14-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Sam will learn his fate tomorrow as many rookies around the league will and as with everything to do with his NFL career to date, all eyes will be on him.

Unwanted speculation

Sam has been the source of a lot of unwanted media coverage this summer, as expected the first openly gay player in the NFL was always going to be.

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Many have spoken about the team morale with an openly gay player in the locker room but everybody close to the organization has defended their team and has claimed there to be no problem.

Sam has been the source of much media coverage ever since the draft, from a reported documentary by Oprah Winfrey to being described as the NFL's most important player by USA Today.

The big issue surrounding the former Missouri Tigers defender as of late is regarding a story published to ESPN in which they discussed his showering habits.

ESPN have come under much criticism for the piece but have also refused to issue an apology.

Should Sam survive tomorrow, he will surely be in for more of the same, in fact the longer he stays in the NFL the more he will be in the spotlight.

Whether it be with the Rams or another organization, Sam will always be under the spotlight for the wrong reasons.

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