Cowboys sign Michael Sam to practice squad

IRVING, Texas --- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed this morning that defensive end Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, will be signed to the team's practice squad, assuming he passes his physical.

The St. Louis Rams selected Sam, who was last season's SEC co-defensive player of the year while playing at Missouri, in the seventh round of the NFL draft – the 249th pick overall -- but cut him this weekend. Born in Galveston, Texas, Sam cleared waivers without any team putting in a claim.

"We feel like he has a chance to come in at a position we have tried to address and compete for a spot," Garrett said.

Sam collected three sacks and 11 tackles in the preseason. But the Rams have a stout defensive line. By the time Sam was selected in the draft, the Cowboys had already passed on him three times in the seventh round.

The Cowboys are seeking help defensively after allowing the most yards in franchise history last season. Second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence is sidelined for the first half of the season with a foot injury. George Selvie has a shoulder injury.

What's more, Sean Lee is sidelined for the year with a torn ACL and they also lost DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher in the offseason.


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