iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(IRVING, Texas) – The Dallas Cowboys (6-1) released defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad on Tuesday.
“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,” Sam wrote on his Twitter page. “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.”
Sam, who is the NFL’s first openly gay player, was signed by the Cowboys to their practice squad on Sept. 3, after he was cut by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason.
The Rams selected Sam out of Missouri with the 249th pick in this year’s NFL draft. During his preseason campaign, the 2013 SEC defensive player of the year had 11 tackles and three sacks.
In seven games this season, the Cowboys have just seven sacks.
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