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Cowboys release rookie Michael Sam from practice squad

Defensive end Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL amid a lot of hoopla last May.

Roughly two months into the 2014 season, he has been cut for the second time and has yet to play an official game.

Sam _ who was signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad on Sept. 3 after being cut the St. Louis Rams, the team that drafted him in the seventh round out of Missouri_ was released Tuesday among a couple of minor roster moves.

The Cowboys used his spot to sign linebacker Troy Davis to the practice squad. They also added defensive tackle Ken Bishop to the practice squad.

Sam expressed his gratitude to the Cowboys for giving him an opportunity on Twitter via @MichaelSamNFL: “I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates and fans for their support. While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday.”

The Cowboys gave him an opportunity and it speaks volumes about what they ultimately think about his skills considering they are a team in desperate need of pass rush help.

The Cowboys have seven sacks through seven games, but never considered the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year a legitimate option.

"Comes to work every day and practices hard," Garrett said last week. "One of 10 practice roster guys that we have, so he's working on his skills, trying to develop, but also doing a lot of other things. Playing offense, defense, playing the kicking game, that's what a lot of those guys do."

The Cowboys are hoping rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, the team’s second-round pick from Boise State, gives them some help when he returns from injury in two weeks.

Sam has not spoken to the media or done interviews since his initial signing with the Cowboys.

He made $6,300 as a member of the practice squad.

Now he is looking for a new home and a new opportunity to become the first openly gay player to officially play a game in the NFL.

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