- Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the National Football League, is confident he will play for a team this season, although maybe not the St. Louis Rams.
Sam, a defensive end, led St. Louis with six tackles Thursday in a 14-13 loss at Miami in the Rams' final pre-season game ahead of Saturday's deadline to trim the roster from 75 players to a final 53-man lineup.
"I'm very confident I will be playing on an NFL roster this fall," Sam said.
It might not be with the Rams, however, who boast a strong selection of veteran defensive lineman.
While St. Louis has an abundance of talent in Sam's position, other teams lacking players with such pass-rushing skills likely will be looking for someone with his abilities after making their own cuts.
"I believe he can play in this league," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.