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Rams Cut Sam, 1st Drafted Openly Gay Player

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher says he was in Michael Sam's corner from the start and that having the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was no distraction at all in training camp.

Fisher says that releasing Sam was purely a football decision.   He believes too much was made of Sam's orientation and that wherever he lands, it should not be an issue. Fisher had high praise for Sam's non-stop energy and effort but said there were a lot of tough decisions that made to be made to reach the 53-man roster limit.

Fisher fended off a question about re-signing Sam to the practice squad, saying any roster adjustments would depend on other players now on the market.  

The coach personally delivered the news to all of the cuts, except for Sam, who attended Missouri's opening game and was informed on the phone. Fisher planned to meet with Sam on Sunday.

The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass-rushers. He still can be picked up by another team or make the Rams' practice squad. 

The Rams selected the SEC co-defensive player of the year at Missouri with the 249th overall pick out of 256 overall during May's draft. Sam came out as gay following his final season at Missouri.'

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