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Cowboys Waive Michael Sam From Practice Squad

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    Gerry McCarthy / Dallas Morning News Staff Photographer
    Michael Sam taking part in Dallas Cowboys practice Wednesday at Valley Ranch.

    The Dallas Cowboys have waived defensive end Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly-gay player, from the team's practice squad.

    Sam, 24, joined the Cowboys on Sept. 3 after being cut from the Rams. He was drafted by St. Louis in the 7th round and totaled nine tackles and three sacks in three preseason games before being cut by the Rams. 

    He never played in a game for the Cowboys and the team has not released a statement on his departure.

    After the announcement, Sam tweeted thanks to team owner Jerry Jones for the opportunity, as well as friends, family, teammates and fans.  He added he was disappointed, but looked forward to fight for an opportunity to play every Sunday in the NFL.

    According to DallasCowboys.com, the release of Sam makes room for linebacker Troy Davis who worked out with the team Monday.

    Sam is a Texas native who played high school football at Hitchcock High School before playing for Missouri.  While at Missouri, he was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and had 11 1/2 sacks in the 2013 season.

    The 6-1 Cowboys are off to their best start since 2007 when then finished the regular season at 13-3.  Monday night they'll face an NFC East rival, the 2-5 Washington Redskins, in Arlington.