Michael Sam

Michael Sam poised to join NFL's Dallas Cowboys as part of team's practice squad

Michael Sam poised to join NFL's Dallas Cowboys as part of team's practice squad

League's first openly gay player will have to pass physical this week before being signed

BY GREG HERNANDEZ

Michael Sam

Michael Sam

After a weekend during which it seemed that Michael Sam was being completely rejected by the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday (2 September) have invited him to be a part of their practice squad.

Should he pass a physical this week, as expected, Sam would become the first openly gay player in the NFL during the regular season.

'Culturally, this signing would be an earthquake,' Outsports editor Cyd Zeigler writes.

'Texas is held up by the gay community as this country's great bastion of homophobia,' Zeigler adds. 'For the revered Cowboys to bring him in and sign him would send a very clear message that yes, at the end of the day, the NFL is a true meritocracy. If the Cowboys make the move, this is the second team in the Bible Belt to sign Sam.'

The University of Missouri standout has already made history for being the first out player drafted by an NFL team (St. Louis Rams) and for playing for the Rams in the pre-season.

Despite a strong pre-season performance, The Rams cut Sam from their final roster on Saturday (30 August) and two days later declined to name him to their practice squad.

No other team added Sam to their roster during the 24 hours he was put on waivers with the only options remaining being a team adding him to their practice squad sometime this week.

Zeigler believes Sam has a better chance of making it onto the main team as a member of the Cowboys' practice squad because they have more opportunities for a defensive end than the Rams did.

This article is reposted from Gay Star News.