Michael Sam Cut From Dallas Cowboys Practice Squad

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Michael Sam’s career in the NFL just received a major hit.

Michael Sam speaks to reporters at the Dallas Cowboys facility in September.

Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, was cut from the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad on Tuesday, ending a six-week stint with Dallas. And instead, the Dallas Cowboys signed linebacker Troy Davis.

As soon as the news broke, Sam spoke out on Twitter and thanked his fans for their support:

Sam made history and received national attention in the spring when he came out as a gay a few month before the 2014 draft.

Michael Sam and his boyfriend

The SEC Defensive Player of the Year was drafted in the seventh round (249th overall) by the St. Louis Rams after being projected as high as the fourth round, but was cut Aug. 30 in the final round of preseason cuts. He was picked up by the Cowboys several days later.

Just last week, coach Jason Garrett complimented Sam's work in practice. "Comes to work every day and practices hard," he told ESPN. "One of 10 practice roster guys that we have, so he's working on his skills, trying to develop, but also doing a lot of other things."

Dallas Cowboys practice squad player Michael Sam makes his first appearance at the team's practice facility on Sept. 3, 2014 in Irving, Texas.

Sam is now free to sign with any other team or join any other team’s practice squad. The CFL could also be an option, as Sam reportedly received interest from the Montreal Alouettes before he joined the Cowboys’ practice squad.

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