National Football League roundup

Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:49pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Michael Sam, who first made headlines earlier this year as the first openly gay NFL player, as of Tuesday afternoon is no longer an NFL player. The Dallas Cowboys waived the rookie defensive end from the practice squad to make room on their roster to sign second-year linebacker Troy Davis.

Sam was drafted in the seventh round in May by the St. Louis Rams but failed to make their 53-man roster at the end of the preseason. He then was picked up by the Cowboys and added to their practice squad.

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Ray Rice will appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL more than two months after commissioner Roger Goodell handed down the punishment, with a hearing set for Nov. 5-6 before former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones.

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Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly will not face a fine or discipline after the NFL admitted officials erred when the player was ejected at Green Bay on Sunday.

Kuechly swung his arms to free himself when he was restrained by back judge Steve Freeman with 1:39 left in the third quarter of the 38-17 loss.

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Wide receiver A.J. Green said Tuesday that he would like to think he will make the final call on his playing status for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.   Continued...

Carolina Panthers Luke Kuechly accepts the award for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year during the NFL Honors award show in New York February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri