Michael Sam was not among the cuts the St. Louis Rams made today, Sam's agent Cameron Weiss confirmed with Outsports. That ensures Sam will have one final preseason game in which to make the team's roster.
Sam, seeking to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, is battling for one of the final spots on the Rams defensive line. His main competition is undrafted free agent Ethan Westbrooks. We broke down Sam's chances in this article.
If the Rams decide to keep nine defensive lineman, it would appear that either Sam or Westbrooks is the odd man out. However, there has been some speculation the team might keep 10, in which case both players would appear safe to make the roster. The Rams already cut DE Sammy Brown; Seven defensive ends remain on the roster.
Rams sead coach Jeff Fisher commented earlier today on the roster battle between Sam and Westbrooks: "I think they're both doing well right now. No different than any other positional races on this football team. They're both doing well. You know me, I'm not going to say who's one or who's two."
Fisher also said that Sam's chances of making the roster rest exclusively on his defensive capabilities; He will not, as some have reported, be evaluated on his special teams contributions.
The Rams final preseason game is Thursday against the Miami Dolphins. Sam and Westbrooks will each get a lot of playing time to make their case.