Michael Sam August 2014

St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam was among the many players who were cut on Saturday as NFL teams had to trim their roster down to 53 players.

According to ESPN, sources close to Sam say that he has not been claimed on waivers yet. Being waived on Saturday by the Rams, Sam is currently free to sign with any NFL team's practice squad.

Sam, who was selected in the seventh round of this past May's draft, lost the final roster spot to undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks, who was among the final nine defensive ends to make the team.

There is a possibility that Sam could remain apart of the Rams organization if he joins their practice squad. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, however, hasn't made any guarantees that the rookie will be on the 10-member squad.

"The practice squad is heavily dependent on what you do in other positions," Fisher said. "We've got, for example, it's well noted that [CB] Trumaine [Johnson] is going to be down for a few weeks, [C/G] Barrett [Jones] is going to be down for a few weeks. We may have to go heavy in the other positions. If you're familiar with our roster right now, we've got five linebackers, for example; we need linebackers on the practice squad. I'm not going to go into what his odds are or what those opportunities are until we sift through things tomorrow."

Sources say Fisher and Sam are expected to talk sometime today. We'll see what happens.


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