- Michael Sam, the first openly gay player selected in the National Football League draft, was released Saturday by the St. Louis Rams in final roster cuts before the season begins.
All NFL teams had to reach the 53-man NFL limit by Saturday ahead of next week's season openers and the 24-year-old defensive end's fate came down to the Rams having too much talent on the defensive line.
"It was not a difficult decision," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "This was a football decision.
"I was pulling for Mike. I really was. I don't say that very often. Mike came in here and did everything we asked him to do."
Other NFL teams have 24 hours to claim Sam's rights or he will become a free agent.