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(NEWSER) – The St. Louis Rams have released Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass-rushers.

He still can be picked up by another team or make the Rams' practice squad. After all, Sam had a good preseason with three sacks and 11 tackles, and led the team with six tackles on the last preseason game Thursday night in Miami, ESPN reports.

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