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. If he passes his physical, the Cowboys intend to sign him to their practice squad, the source said.
Sam, who is seeking to become the first openly gay athlete to play in the NFL, was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday despite having a solid preseason – coming up with 11 tackles and three sacks. In Thursday night’s preseason finale against Miami, Sam had a team-high six tackles.
Sam cleared waivers Sunday and is free to sign with any team. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys spent the day calling several players and gauging their reactions to signing Sam, and apparently, no one had a problem.
The Rams spent a seventh-round draft pick, No. 249 overall, on Sam in May’s draft. The team finalized their 10-player practice squad on Monday, and it did not include Sam. Coach Jeff Fisher had suggested that a lack of bodies at positions with little depth could leave the defensive end on the outside looking in when the team added to that unit.
The Cowboys now have 10 players on the practice squad, meaning they would have to release one to make room for Sam.
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