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Dallas Cowboys add DE Michael Sam to practice squad

COLUMBIA , MO - AUGUST 30: Former Missouri Tiger Michael Sam attends a game between the Missouri Tigers and South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri. The St. Louis Rams announced today they were releasing
COLUMBIA , MO - AUGUST 30: Former Missouri Tiger Michael Sam attends a game between the Missouri Tigers and South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri. The St. Louis Rams announced today they were releasing
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After the St. Louis Rams chose to part ways with rookie defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL was put on waivers with every team in the league having a chance to claim the Missouri product. Unfortunately for Sam, the 24-year-old went unclaimed making him a free agent.

Although the Rams surprisingly passed on the opportunity to add Sam to their practice squad, the Dallas Cowboys are willing to take a chance on the rookie, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter on September 2:

Michael Sam is flying into Dallas on Tuesday night and will take a physical for the Cowboys on Wednesday, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

According to Ian Rapport of NFL.com, Sam might get some playing time in Dallas sooner rather than later:

Thing about the #Cowboys signing Michael Sam to their practice squad… there’s a great chance he gets on the field for them.

With the Rams not having a need at defensive end, Sam's future in St. Louis was uncertain ever since they chose to draft him back in May. Most believed Sam would simply be a player the Rams would use on the practice squad, but it was surprising to see him not even make it that far.

As for the Cowboys, Sam has an opportunity to make an impact on the practice squad in Dallas and ultimately earn some playing time. Sam getting on the field during the 2014 NFL season is highly likely if the Cowboys defense struggles as expected.