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Michael Sam: I made the right choice to come out
by R.J. White |

Free-agent defensive end Michael Sam indicated in a documentary on the Oprah Winfrey Network that aired Saturday night that coming out was the right thing to do and that he has no regrets with how he handled the situation, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

"I did everything I was supposed to do. I did everything right," Sam said. "I am proud of how I handled things."

Sam dismissed the notion that his sexuality cost him a spot on an NFL team, adding, "But I do believe I'm a very talented football player and I'm going to continue working hard and try to get that opportunity to play in the league."

Sam was selected in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Rams after being named the SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year. He didn't survive final preseason cuts and spent seven weeks on the Cowboys' practice squad before being released.

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Cowboys release Michael Sam
by Larry Hartstein |

The Cowboys released rookie defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad, the team announced. A seventh-round pick by the Rams, Sam became the first openly gay player in the NFL.

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Michael Sam officially joins Dallas' practice squad
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Cowboys officially announced Wednesday they signed rookie defensive lineman Michael Sam to the practice squad. 

"We felt like it was a good move for our football team right now," head coach Jason Garrett said, per the team's official website. "I don’t like to talk about who’s on our board and who’s off our board, but obviously he was a very good player in college. His track record speaks for itself."

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Report: Cowboys to sign Michael Sam to practice squad
by R.J. White |

The Cowboys plan to sign defensive end Michael Sam to the practice squad if he passes a team physical Wednesday, reports.

Sam, who did not make the Rams' 53-man roster after being selected in the seventh round, passed through waivers unclaimed. He would have the opportunity to earn significant playing time in Dallas, as the Cowboys project to be a below-average pass-rushing defense.

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Michael Sam among last cuts by Rams despite strong stats
by Marty Gitlin |

Defensive end Michael Sam, who became a notable figure in the preseason as the first openly gay player in the NFL, did not survive the final cuts Saturday by the Rams.

Sam led the team in the preseason with three sacks and was among its leaders with 11 total tackles. He has expressed confidence that he will be playing for some NFL team this fall.

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