Michael Sam joins Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad

Sam with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday. (x)

Sam with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday. (x)

Michael Sam joined the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad on Wednesday after being released by the St. Louis Rams over the weekend. He didn’t win a spot initially despite having a strong preseason, including three sacks and 11 tackles.

Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett made the announcement. “We feel like he has a chance to come in at a position that we’ve tried to address throughout the off-season, throughout the training camp, and compete for a spot,” he said. “The way we view the practice roster is, first and foremost, their job is to help facilitate practice. There’s also a great opportunity for us to develop personnel and evaluate personnel, and this is no different for us.”

Sam changed the biography on his Twitter page to “proud Dallas Cowboys defensive end.” He has a chance to be called up to the active roster from the practice squad depending on injuries and other factors. As long as practice squad players are signed to the active 53-man roster for a minimum of four weeks, they can be signed by any other team.

“We got nothing but good reports about him from people in St. Louis,” Garrett continued. “We just want to give him a chance to come in and see if he can help our football team.”

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