St. Louis Rams

August 29, 2014

Michael Sam remains on Rams' roster with a few cuts still pending

Defensive end Michael Sam survived a wave of roster cuts by the St. Louis Rams on Friday, ESPN reported.

The Rams cut 17 playeres on Friday. They must cut five more players to get down to the NFL limit of 53 by 3 p.m. Saturday.

Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, made a strong case for a roster spot in thre preseason. He had 11 tackles and three sacks, including a team-leading six tackles in the Rams' 14-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night.

"I think he can play in this league as can some of the other guys on this team that had good preseasons," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said of Sam during his postgame comments on Thursday.

Sam also feels that way.

"You know what, it's not going to be like the draft," said Sam, who was taken with 249th out of 256 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. "I'm very confident that I'm going to sleep really well tonight and I'm very confident I'm going to be on a team, the Rams or any other team in the NFL."

Sam said he would spend Sunday in Columbia, Mo., watching the University of Missouri's season opener against South Dakota State.

"I'm not even going to worry the NFL. Whatever happens, happens. I'll let the chips fall where they fall," Sam said.

Sam has been competing with fellow rookie Ethan Westbrooks for a roster spot.

Westbrook also has been impressive in the preaseason with 12 tackles and two sacks.

"I'm going to have to see the tape," Fisher said when asked to ask how the two players fared on Thursday night. "Ethan has made a lot of plays every time I look. I didn't really see anything good or bad out of Mike except that he played hard and got a lot of snaps."

Rookie quarterback Garrett Gilbert was among the players reportedly cut by the Rams. He was a sixth-round pick out of Southern Methodist this spring.

Gilbert's departure along with a season-ending knee injury to Sam Bradford leaves the Rams with only two quarterbacks -- Shaun Hill and Austin Davis -- on their active roster.

Also reportedly cut on Friday were linebacker Etienne Sabino, defensive end Kourtnei Brown, defensive tackle Deantre Harlan, offensive linemen Sean Hooey and Mitchelle Van Dyl, linebacker Phillip Steward, tight end Brad Smelley, wide receiver Emory Blake, cornerback Darren Woodard, offensive guard Travis Bond and safety Avery Cunningham.

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