- Michael Sam, the National Football League's first openly gay player, moved one step closer to a place in the St. Louis Rams' line-up Tuesday by surviving a league-mandated roster cut.
The Rams trimmed four players from the active roster to reach the NFL-required limit of 75 players by Tuesday, but another 22 players must be dropped by Saturday to create the final 53-man roster.
The Rams play their final pre-season game Thursday at Miami and will open the regular season at home against Minnesota on September 7.
Sam, a rookie from the nearby University of Missouri, is among eight defensive ends competing for up to six expected spots at the position.
Sam has five tackles in pre-season games and a team-high three quarterback sacks, two of them last week in a win over Cleveland.