According to multiple league sources, the St. Louis Rams released defensive end Michael Sam on Saturday.
Sam’s efforts to become the first openly gay player in NFL history came up just short in the intenses competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks.
Michael Sam officially hit waivers Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when all NFL teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. From there, the other 31 teams will have 24 hours to put in a claim for Sam.
According to one league source, the Rams would like to bring Michael Sam back to their 10-man practice squad.
Sam had together a solid preseason performance, with 11 tackles and three sacks. In Thursday night’s preseason finale against Miami, Michael Sam finished his preseason work with a team-high six tackles.
After the game, coach Jeff Fisher offered an endorsement of Sam’s ability.
“I believe he can play in this league,” Fisher said.