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Michael Sam will make pro football debut tonight on ESPN2

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Michael Sam is activate for the Montreal Alouettes game against Ottawa this Friday.

Update: Michael Sam is on the active roster of the Montreal Alouettes for tonight's game at Ottawa. The team tweeted this earlier today:

There are a few things pointing to Michael Sam making his CFL debut with the Montreal Alouettes this Friday, Aug. 7.

Various sources close to the league and the situation tell Outsports the Alouettes are likely planning to activate Sam for their game at Ottawa Friday. While he has been with the team since May (except for a brief leave of absence in June), Sam has been with the team but inactive for each of the team's games this season. Activating him will likely mean some playing time.

ESPN named the Montreal v. Ottawa game to their broadcast schedule. It will air on ESPN2 at 7:30pmET this Friday. It would certainly be helpful for the CFL and the Alouettes to take advantage of the game being aired nationally in the United States, given the interest here in Sam. Though, Montreal's games on Aug. 13 and Aug. 27 will also be aired. ESPN was clearly all-in on Sam when they created their 20-game CFL schedule.

The Montreal Gazette says without a doubt that Sam will play this week or next week.

Lastly, Sam teased us today with this #ThrowBackThursday Instagram post about getting back on the field:

We're banking on this week. Regardless, when Sam does play he will be the first openly gay man to play in a regular season game in CFL history. The NFL still awaits.