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Michael Sam cut by the Dallas Cowboys

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Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player, was on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

This Michael Sam experiment in Dallas is over. the Cowboys announced Tuesday that they have cut Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player.

Sam was cut from the team's practice squad to make room for a linebacker. Sam had been signed by the Cowboys in September after being cut by the St Louis Rams. Early reports had been that the Cowboys were happy with Sam, and there was no reason given for why he was cut. Sam spent seven weeks on the practice squad and was not called up to the active roster.

Just two days ago, Dallas owner Jerry Jones said Sam's sexuality was a dead issue, and coach Jason Garrett spoke of how Sam was fitting in quite well.

Sam tweeted this after getting the news: