Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, is again searching for a team after he was released by the Dallas Cowboys.
Sam, a seventh-round pick in this year's draft who had previously been cut by the St Louis Rams, had been on the Cowboys' practice squad since 3 September without playing a game.
Sam, an all-American and co-defensive player of the year at Missouri, was initially considered a third or fourth round pick in the draft before announcing his sexuality in an interview, while pre-draft workouts led to some speculating whether he was athletic enough to make it in the NFL.
After impressing for the Rams in pre-season, where he led the team with 11 tackles and three sacks in four games, he was unexpectedly cut.
Dallas opted to sign him to their practice squad – a reserve of 10 players – but he was released on Tuesday to open up a spot for another player.
The 24-year-old defensive end took to Twitter to express his thanks to the Cowboys organisation.
I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates, (1/3)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) October 21, 2014
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 (2/3)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) October 21, 2014
opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday. (3/3)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) October 21, 2014
Sam has already been linked with other franchises, though it is only speculation at this time.Reuse content