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The Dallas Cowboys released Michael Sam (pictured) Tuesday from its practice squad, dealing another blow to the career of the man who made history earlier this year when he became the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team.

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The defensive end spent seven weeks with the Cowboys’ practice squad, hoping to make the team after he was cut by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason, the Associated Press reports. The former Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year from Missouri was drafted late in the seventh round in May.

Still, Sam expressed gratitude to the Cowboys for giving him the opportunity to play with the team:




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