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Source: Cowboys won’t sell Sam practice-squad jerseys


Earlier today, a report emerged that the Cowboys will sell jerseys for practice-squad defensive end Michael Sam, bearing his current number, 46.  A source with direct knowledge of the situation tells PFT that this isn’t true.

Per the source, it’s not a simple proposition to order the mass production of a player’s jersey.  For Sam, who may be on the team for only a week or two (he technically remains available to sign with any team as a member of the 53-man roster), he could be a former Cowboy before the first jersey is shipped.

More importantly, if/when the Cowboys ever promote Sam to the active roster, he’ll have a different number, because defensive ends can’t wear numbers in the 40s.

Of course, that doesn’t stop fans from ordering personalized Cowboys jerseys bearing No. 46 and the name “Sam” on the back.  It also doesn’t prevent fans from buying one of his now-obsolete Rams jerseys bearing the No. 96.

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26 Responses to “Source: Cowboys won’t sell Sam practice-squad jerseys”
  1. kd75 says: Sep 3, 2014 7:25 PM

    Correct me if I am wrong, but in the Cowgirl’s 3-4 D he’d be playing LB, which can wear a # in the 40s.

  2. trollaikman8 says: Sep 3, 2014 7:34 PM

    Let me correct you. Dallas plays a 4-3.
    I won’t qualify it by calling it a defense. Just a 4-3.

  3. ddaveyy says: Sep 3, 2014 7:35 PM

    kd75 says: Sep 3, 2014 7:25 PM

    Correct me if I am wrong, but in the Cowgirl’s 3-4 D he’d be playing LB, which can wear a # in the 40s.

    Cowboys play 4-3…..


  4. jimr10 says: Sep 3, 2014 7:35 PM

    I am so glad to know this. It had been on my mind all day. Now I can sleep well.

  5. Stiller43 says: Sep 3, 2014 7:38 PM

    Unless he puts on 30 some pounds, he’s not playing DE for the cowboys. He’s a OLB

  6. fumblenuts says: Sep 3, 2014 7:40 PM

    This makes me sooooooooooooooooo depressed 😦

  7. cardmagnet says: Sep 3, 2014 7:46 PM

    Just buy a custom Cowboys jersey and have them put the name on.

  8. nyj1979 says: Sep 3, 2014 8:10 PM

    Well, they were , until Darin Gantt made fun of Jerrah before haha 😛

  9. shanekelleytx says: Sep 3, 2014 8:14 PM

    Only running backs and defensive backs can wear the 40’s, linebackers wear 50’s and 90’s on occasion.

  10. wickdawg7 says: Sep 3, 2014 8:20 PM

    The Cowboys said that if he gets put on the 53 man roster, he won’t be wearing 46 which is why they won’t be selling the Sam 46 jersey.

  11. citizenstrange says: Sep 3, 2014 8:24 PM

    OR ….. sell the Michael Sam #46 (or whatever jersey) and donate the proceeds to a LGBT charity. WIN! WIN! WIN!

  12. jredshoes says: Sep 3, 2014 8:54 PM

    Waiting for October when they can put him in a pink jersey. fabulous!

  13. patfic5 says: Sep 3, 2014 8:57 PM

    This is discrimination. Practice squad players are players, too!

  14. demolition510 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:10 PM

    Don’t correct me when I’m wrong

  15. genericcommenter says: Sep 3, 2014 9:22 PM

    if they wanted to make sure he stays, in order to profit, they could always pay him more to be on the practice squad. Some practice squad guys get closer to full NFL money. Not saying there’s any real threat of a team signing him to a 53-man, though.

  16. thebigwhitecat says: Sep 3, 2014 9:44 PM

    when Michael Jordan returned from retirement to wear #45, a reporter asked Phil Jackson what to tell parents whose kids wanted a new jersey.

    Jackson replied, “Buy them a book.”

  17. rickgjags says: Sep 3, 2014 10:20 PM

    That’s Awesome! Cause I just bought one with your name on it @jredshoes

  18. hondastyle888 says: Sep 3, 2014 10:38 PM

    All this attention because he’s a queer. at least Romo will have someone to cuddle with when he chokes. Cowboys defense sucks it makes sense they sign a guy who is used to chasing grown men around.

  19. brucetrimble says: Sep 3, 2014 10:45 PM

    I wonder if Jerry knew this before he signed him. Dallas picked him as much for the PR splash (and jersey sales, no doubt) as they did for his talent.

  20. mackcarrington says: Sep 3, 2014 11:04 PM

    Can someone please explain why a grown, adult person would want to buy a practice jersey, of all things which someone else’s name on the back?

  21. starchybunker says: Sep 3, 2014 11:07 PM

    just placed an order for a GLORYHOLE #46 Cowboys jersey!

  22. hawksfan10 says: Sep 4, 2014 1:00 AM

    I’ll give credit where it’s due. Kudo’s to the Cowboys for picking up Sam. His ability to play should be the only criteria for him being on the team, practice squad or one of the 53.

    Not a Cowboy fan by any stretch, but this was a classy move. The kid seemed to play pretty well in the preseason so he should get a chance. Hope it wasn’t just so Jerry could get attention…

  23. spursspur2121 says: Sep 4, 2014 11:44 AM

    Sell the jersey, make money

  24. frederickbastiat says: Sep 4, 2014 8:14 PM

    As a lifelong Cowboys fan it saddens me to dump the team. I just cannot support a team that attempts to extend the repulsiveness that I witnessed on draft day. I thought it was great not to have progressive values(admittedly an oxymoron) forced on me through shows like Modern Family and Glee. I simply had to turn the channel. Now this decaying value set has seeped into football as well. These people will not stop their proselytizing. The New McCarthyism.

  25. jeffbroyhill says: Sep 6, 2014 7:37 AM

    The NFL mysteriously expands the number of players allowed on the practice squad after 20+ years. No conspiracy there.

  26. jeffbroyhill says: Sep 6, 2014 7:42 AM

    BTW this expansion was made on Aug 19, 2014 and goes back to 8 players in 2016.

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