It looks like the Rams won't have the first openly gay player in NFL take the field when the regular season starts. The team has cut Michael​ Sam. He lost the competition for a roster spot to Ethan Westbrooks an undrafted defensive lineman out of West Texas A&M.

After being drafted No. 249, Sam responded to the attention by putting up a good performance for preseason. He had a forgettable one-tackle performance during his first preseason game against the Saints, but followed it up with his first sack against the Packers and an instantly memorable one on Johnny ManzielSam capped his preseason run with a team-high six tackles against the Miami.

Sam officially hit the waivers at 4 PM, which gives the other teams until noon on Sunday to claim him. If no one does, he's eligible to sign with a practice squad.

So he still has a chance to play a down in the regular season, but this is a weighty setback especially after seeing his drama play out on screen.

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[via ESPN]