The St. Louis Rams announced the signing of 10 players to their practice squad on Monday, and defensive end Michael Sam was not among them.
The absence of Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, brings him a little bit closer to being a man without a team this season.
He was waived by the Rams on Saturday, and no team picked him up off waivers. His chances of being employed by the NFL this year decreased further when the Rams did not sign him to the practice squad.
The Rams announced the practice-squad signings linebacker Denicos Allen, wide receiver Emory Blake, safety Christian Bryant, defensive tackle Matt Conrath, safety Matt Daniels, quarterback Garrett Gilbert, tackle Sean Hooey, linebacker Kevin Reddick, wide receiver Justin Veltung and guard Brandon Washington.
The Rams made one other important move on Monday, claiming quarterback Case Keenum on waivers from Houston. The Rams have been looking for quarterback help since starter Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending ACL injury against Cleveland on Aug. 24.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun