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No claims for Michael Sam, who can now sign to practice squad


The claiming deadline for players waived yesterday was noon today.

So if Michael Sam had been picked up by another team after being cut by the Rams, he’d have heard by now.

Via Tom Pelissero of USA Today, unless someone put in a last-minute claim for the seventh-round pick, he’s a free agent at the moment, and able to sign with a practice squad.

Likely, he’d stay with the Rams, who gave him a chance this summer to make the team, despite having one of the league’s best and deepest defensive lines.

But even if he signs with another team’s practice squad, he’d be making history, as the first openly gay player on an NFL roster.

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72 Responses to “No claims for Michael Sam, who can now sign to practice squad”
  1. kd75 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:20 PM


  2. ravenswhat says: Aug 31, 2014 12:22 PM

    Yep, the NFL is totally ready.

  3. calhounlambeau says: Aug 31, 2014 12:23 PM

    Nobody wanted him, shocker. He was clearly outplayed by Ethan Westbrooks who had more QB hurries and hits. Career backup. That career will likely be 2-3 seasons. I admire how hard he plays though, he’s a tough guy.

  4. pthepro49 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:24 PM

    The question is do the Rams want him on their practice squad with all the craziness that comes with him.

  5. blackhawks2010 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:25 PM


  6. axx1 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:34 PM

    Join tebow and go work for espn

  7. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 31, 2014 12:36 PM

    So tired of the inaction of the POTUS! Worst president of the US ever!

  8. SBoy says: Aug 31, 2014 12:37 PM

    Actually, given the Rams depth, if another team with less depth (and or quality depth) wanted to sign him to their practice squad, if I were Sam I would go there… better chance to make the team at some point.

  9. vikesr4reel says: Aug 31, 2014 12:38 PM

    We don’t want him!

  10. swaggerville1 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:40 PM

    CFL absolutely.

  11. kwjsb says: Aug 31, 2014 12:50 PM

    NFL coaches hate distractions, they have enough of them from the starters and certainly don’t need them from the back-ups.

    Tebow was a distraction and has no team
    Sams is a distraction and has no team

    Different sides of the political spectrum yet the same results…

    There should be no complaints…

  12. clashpoint says: Aug 31, 2014 12:55 PM

    So far, it doesn’t look like there’s been a lot of other team’s players signed by anybody, at least not when compared to years past. Teams appear to be going with the guys they know. The Rams’ practice squad is a good place for Sam to be, the Rams have been pretty good about developing defensive line talent recently.

  13. mrlaloosh says: Aug 31, 2014 1:01 PM

    Nobody claimed Champ Bailey… Anybody out there…..

  14. packerman1968 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:05 PM

    Stop talking about history. This guy used his gay status to try and make a football team.

    If he had not came out, the results would still be the same.

  15. conormacleod says: Aug 31, 2014 1:05 PM

    CFL??? He can make more money being an NFL practice squad player. Or doing most anything else. Most of us here make more than CFL players.

  16. donmcg2012 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:08 PM

    Legally blackballed?

  17. whodatnhollywood says: Aug 31, 2014 1:08 PM

    Who cares? This story blew up in ESPN’s face the other day! There are former 2nd rounders waived, and not a word about them. Enough already!

  18. baltimoresnativeson says: Aug 31, 2014 1:09 PM

    I heard Michael Sam sucks.

  19. 2cmorgan says: Aug 31, 2014 1:10 PM

    Who cares there were 702 players released on Saturday but all we hear about is Michael Sam.

  20. theycallmeyango says: Aug 31, 2014 1:12 PM

    the problem he most likely won’t make an NFL practice squad so CFL is his only hope at this point. no matter how bad the media wants this he’s simply not good enough right now

  21. shlort says: Aug 31, 2014 1:12 PM

    Mike Sam isn’t as good as a lot of folks are imagining or hoping he is.

    I didn’t see a player who deserves anything, based on his play. Then again, I am judging his play and not some cause.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some team picks him up for their practice squad. I doubt it’ll be the Rams, based on their depth at the position. I’d see them adding other players where they lack depth. I also wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t get picked up by anyone. That is they caliber of player he is.

    If he were faster and more agile, he might have a chance to play in the NFL.

  22. mrthirtytwo says: Aug 31, 2014 1:15 PM

    New F X Football League is best chance he’s got

  23. freeperjim says: Aug 31, 2014 1:20 PM

    He had to play the queer card to get noticed and even have a chance to be drafted.

    The Rams did the right thing for the TEAM.

  24. corvusrex96 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:24 PM

    This reminds me of Troy Smith when he was a back up on the Ravens , all the people who wanted him to start kept citing his college career ” he should start b/c he won the Heismann” Based on Sam’s performance the assessment from the NFL are accurate. Borderline NFL player

  25. pattengene says: Aug 31, 2014 1:24 PM

    As predicted the media made this political and lost….

  26. smitty113 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:28 PM

    Noone wanted Sam. He was drafted by the Rams to save face for ESPN, Sam etc….. Does anyone ask why it was the Rams who drafted Sam? The Rams are probably the deepest team in the league on the D-Line. At the end of the day being drafted by the Rams gave him a sympathetic audience..mainly the liberal media. The same reporters who covered him in college at Missouri are largely the same ones covering the story for the Rams. He was put in a sympathetic and insulated situation. In the end if it turned out the way everyone knew it would.

  27. abninf says: Aug 31, 2014 1:32 PM

    Sam is celebrated for simply being open about the fact he is attracted to men, 24-7 media coverage, potential reality shows, press conferences, ect. Yet most Americans cannot name one Medal of Honor recipient. Sad to see what has happened to my country.

  28. sprtsfan1 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:33 PM

    This had nothing to do with him being gay. There are plenty of closeted gays in the NFL. The real problem with Sam arises because he exploited his being gay. If I were a member of the LGBT community I would be ashamed of him. A team drafts him and he tries to do a reality show with the Oprah Network after the fact. He created this circus that no team wants. If the Rams knew he was planning in doing the reality show, I doubt they would have drafted him in the first place.

  29. helicopterpilot13 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:33 PM

    Just as I predicted yesterday, no team signed him. Now here’s the second part:
    The Rams will not sign him to their practice squad.

  30. helicopterpilot13 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:36 PM

    Sam made a few non-noteworthy plays against second and third string aka inferior talents. He would have done zip against a starting unit.
    Even Fisher said after the Miami game that Sam hadn’t done anything noteworthy.

  31. bonnovi says: Aug 31, 2014 1:37 PM

    So tired of the inaction of the POTUS! Worst president of the US ever!


    How is this relevant?

  32. ausernamethatisavailable says: Aug 31, 2014 1:40 PM

    I don’t blame the media for putting Sam on a pedestal. Special interest groups run this country and if you voice an honest opinion about Sam, gay rights groups will ruin your career. It’s not worth it. Just say the “right things” and the process will work itself out. If he was a really good player, he would be on a team. It will happen one day. Eventually an openly gay player with truly elite talent will arrive. Just not now and not this player.

  33. blabidibla says: Aug 31, 2014 1:42 PM

    So far the only “distractions” are media hype and commentators on football forums.

    He played ball, and he did it well. He’ll be on team soon enough.

  34. tecmobowl34 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:46 PM

    2cmorgan says:
    Aug 31, 2014 1:10 PM
    Who cares there were 702 players released on Saturday but all we hear about is Michael Sam.


    That’s because he;s openly gay. It makes him different from the other 701 players. It also makes his story something more people are interested in.

    Your supposed apathy isn’t as impressive as you think it is.

  35. barkster52 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:04 PM

    Now I get it if you’re openly gay you are the darling of the media but if you’re openly Christian you get the media scorn and ridicule. Funny how that works.

  36. vicnocal says: Aug 31, 2014 2:05 PM

    This won’t help his FABULOUSNESS rating in Madden 2015.

  37. rcali says: Aug 31, 2014 2:07 PM

    In a lot of ways the media doomed this guy from the beginning. They made it hard on the Rams and their players who were constantly bugged about him instead of letting him just be another player. Now every other team just made a statement, “we don’t want this media scrutiny part of our daily business and game prep.” The media will never take responsibility for it, and all they are doing is waiting to point the finger at the next person who says the wrong thing about the player. Pretty sad.

  38. skawh says: Aug 31, 2014 2:08 PM

    Many of us pulled for you…you had your shot. Many other players don’t get a 2nd chance to make an impression…time to move on with reality…you just weren’t quick enough or feisty enough to make it as a DL in the NFL….and if it were me, I’d be at peace with that. But failing to become a special teams standout was a death nail to your tryout, IMO.

  39. florida727 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:10 PM

    Two reasons nobody picked him up: a) nobody wants the accompanying circus, and b) he’s not good enough. He was always a “tweener” position-wise, and that’s one thing that’ll never change.

    Now, let the activists’ uprising about unfairness and bias against gays begin.

  40. tominma says: Aug 31, 2014 2:11 PM

    This would have been a good story except for the last paragraph. I kind of expected a practice squad spot for him just now! He’s a tweener, between LB and DE. Hopefully he can improve his game because you don’t get to be the Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC without talent. Im betting he’ll get lots of practice time at LB, probly a rushing LB. He’s quick enough, just not big enough! I wish him luck!

  41. El Pollo Loco says: Aug 31, 2014 2:24 PM

    He took the news well he went and bought some leather pants

  42. johnnyquick says: Aug 31, 2014 2:27 PM

    Lingerie football league?

  43. sportsfan18 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:28 PM

    Sammy just said he’d have a long career too…

    Good luck if you do make some team or a practice squad (decent money on practice squads).

    I don’t think he’ll have a long career…

    I mean I don’t consider Tebow’s career as long either and right now Sam’s got work to do to even get there…

  44. theparadoxx82 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:46 PM

    Prepare for the most coverage a practice squad has ever gotten.

  45. noggintopper says: Aug 31, 2014 2:49 PM

    Bummer bro maybe the Browns will pick you up. I hear they love a media circus over there.

  46. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 31, 2014 2:52 PM

    this should be a positive for gays.. Sam was treated equally (but the gay agenda is not really about equality, is it?)

    truth.. he is a tweener… not big enough for 4-3 DE, not fast enough for OLB, not athletic enough for either

  47. muathjam21 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:52 PM

    The media has no one to thank but itself for Sam not getting claimed on waivers, and they’ll have no one to thank but themselves after the Rams don’t put him on their PS.

    No one wants this circus, and we’re all already sick of it.

  48. 2manyconcussions says: Aug 31, 2014 3:00 PM

    Message: don’t make your career about your lifestyle if you want a career in football.

  49. realmenwearstripes says: Aug 31, 2014 3:02 PM

    Good luck to Michael Sam, and all the other players that were/will be cut.

  50. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Aug 31, 2014 3:07 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Aug 31, 2014 1:05 PM
    CFL??? He can make more money being an NFL practice squad player. Or doing most anything else. Most of us here make more than CFL players.

    The average salary in the CFL is 80k. Higher than NFL practice squad salary. Must be a lot of folks reading PFT and making 6 figures.

  51. dstep24 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:07 PM

    Lingere league calling!

  52. nyneal says: Aug 31, 2014 3:12 PM

    I agree with those who say it’s unfair to focus so much attention on one guy just because he’s gay. Lots of guys lost their jobs yesterday, but they don’t have the media printing their stories as Sam does.
    I give Sam credit. He came out of the closet to maximize the attention he would get and use that leverage to get drafted. That worked. Then he made a deal to get money from the always chasing ambulances Oprah, but bowed out after he was criticized for it.
    I give the Rams credit for giving him a shot because they knew it would focus unwanted attention on what ever this guy did, but even more credit for having the guts to cut him when it was clear he’s just another player who’s too small to play on the “D” line and not good enough to play LB’er.
    The media hysteria over this guy, Tim Tebow, and Johnny Obnoxious Manziel has been ridiculous. I was glad when Tebow went away, I’m glad Sam is going away, and I’ll be happy if Manziel goes away.
    There are too many good guys who show up and play in the NFL without having to be in the spotlight for me to root for than these 3 media creations.

  53. blabidibla says: Aug 31, 2014 3:18 PM

    barkster52 says:
    Aug 31, 2014 2:04 PM
    Now I get it if you’re openly gay you are the darling of the media but if you’re openly Christian you get the media scorn and ridicule. Funny how that works.

    Yes, those poor oppressed white christians. It’s about time they be given some power in in the US of A.

  54. purpleppleeaters says: Aug 31, 2014 3:21 PM

    Practice squad? Maybe. If the Rams are deep at the position, they might just pass on that, as well.

    Regardless, that sounds dandy. This story is about to hit the wall, thankfully.

  55. listenup823 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:29 PM

    The lesson here is “if you’re not good enough and you know it.. Say you’re gay. The liberal media will do its best to try and pressure the right people to help you achieve your goals..”

  56. coachbeck says: Aug 31, 2014 3:29 PM

    Hahaha hey liberals thought he was going I be in high demand lol

    Like Many have said, he is a below average player at best, if you guys wanna cheer and watch men kissing other men then go ahead and watch OZ. Stop trying to break down the culture of football. No one cares what people do in their beds except liberals.

  57. bannor2013 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:31 PM

    and if no one signs him sports writers everywhere will weep bitterly.

  58. stiller9305 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:36 PM

    Oh well
    More time to spend eating cake with the significant other

  59. nite2al says: Aug 31, 2014 3:37 PM

    Sam just set coming out back 10 more years, the NFL is not ready.

  60. rcpecook says: Aug 31, 2014 3:39 PM

    Yes, those poor oppressed white christians. It’s about time they be given some power in in the US of A.

    Speaking of a lack of tolerance for those not like you…liberal hypocrite.

  61. newjerseygiants says: Aug 31, 2014 3:46 PM

    Do you remember that Mo’ne Davis girl in the Little League World Series? See, you already forgot about her. In a week from now, everyone will have forgotten about Sam too. That’s just how it is.

  62. napalm101 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:53 PM

    This story is so unimportant it’s sickening…Advice? If your a gay man who wants to play NFL football and make millions of dollars keep your mouth shut…No one cares…

  63. 2manyconcussions says: Aug 31, 2014 4:30 PM

    One way to be openly gay is to be quietly openly gay with your teammates and coaches and another way is to make your sexual orientation a media event. I think the NFL is more than ready for the former and Sam chose the latter. There are risks and rewards in making yourself a media spectacle, as Sam is finding out.

  64. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Aug 31, 2014 4:36 PM

    Maybe the lingerie league is ready !

  65. savior72 says: Aug 31, 2014 4:42 PM

    Uh, not all Christians are white.

  66. packmanfan says: Aug 31, 2014 5:11 PM

    I think he’s made enough history already.

  67. txraiderfan says: Aug 31, 2014 6:27 PM

    I’m hear y’all on this”liberal media” nonsense, and I feel your pain! The Fox News has become entirely too liberal for my tastes. There has to be an alternative for us decent folk.

  68. sailbum7 says: Aug 31, 2014 7:16 PM

    About the only reason he was drafted and given a shot was because he is gay. Sam’s coming out put a lot of pressure on the league to make sure that he got drafted despite his mediocre talent so that the league would not look prejudiced. Sam used the fact that he is gay to get a shot at the NFL that he likely would not have received without his coming out. He has now had his shot and did not make the cut, it is time to stop talking about him and start focusing on those who did make teams and how different teams are shaping up for the coming season.

  69. rpearlston says: Aug 31, 2014 7:21 PM

    In civilized countries, sexuality doesn’t matter. Come north, where we simply don’t care about your life off the field, as long as you stay on the right side of the laws of the land. Of course, we’re in the middle of the season here, but teams still need players.

  70. wny49er says: Aug 31, 2014 8:39 PM

    It’s 8:38 PM EDT the Rams have yet to sign Sams to their practice squad. Any updates?

  71. ravens21087 says: Aug 31, 2014 8:59 PM

    Tired of hearing about him , don’t care that’s he’s gay or black or whatever. Sexual preference should be kept to yourself and if it’s not then maybe they just want attention ? I’d bet my life there’s been gay players to already play in the league but they didn’t announce and make a big deal about it.

  72. sclazo says: Aug 31, 2014 9:25 PM

    Would you want this media circus around your team constantly?

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