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St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam reacts during pregame workouts before a preseason contest against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.

The St. Louis Rams have pushed the pause button on the football career of rookie linebacker Michael Sam.

Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, was released Saturday in the final round of cuts, just missing a spot on the team’s 53-man roster.

He expressed confidence that he had shown the Rams what they wanted to see.

“You know what, it’s not going to be like the draft,” he told reporters after the 14-13 defeat. “I’m very confident that I’m going to sleep really well tonight and I’m very confident that I’m going to be on a team, the Rams or any other team in the NFL.”

In four exhibition games, Sam compiled 11 tackles and three sacks.

Read more at LA Times

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