Sam's league dream still in limbo after clearing waivers

Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:40pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Defensive end Michael Sam's quest to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) remained in limbo on Sunday after his exit interview with the St. Louis Rams.

Both the Rams and national media reported Sam had gone unclaimed off waivers by other league teams before Sunday's 12 noon ET deadline passed.

The former University of Missouri standout now waits to see if any team will sign him to their practice squad, the likeliest route left for Sam to perhaps work his way into the NFL.

Sam, who had announced he was gay in February, failed to make the St. Louis Rams' 53-man roster for the 2014 regular season on Saturday, putting on hold his long cherished dream of playing in the league.

The 24-year-old was one of 22 players cut by the Rams and on Sunday he arrived at Rams Park to have his post-release interview with the team's head coach, Jeff Fisher.

Sam shook hands with a few reporters but declined to make any comment before speaking with Fisher.

The 6-feet-2 (1.88 m), 260-pound (118 kg) lineman became the first openly gay player to be selected in an NFL Draft when he was taken in the seventh round by the Rams in May.

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Aug 30, 2014; Columbia, MO, USA; NFL rookie Michael Sam stands on the sidelines of the game between the Missouri Tigers and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports