If Michael Sam is going to be the first openly gay player to make an NFL regular-season roster, it won't be with the St. Louis Rams.
At least not right away.
Sam was among final four players released by the Rams on Saturday as the team finalized its 53-man roster.
He will now be subject to waivers and could be claimed by another team, meaning he would automatically make that club's roster and find a new home by the end of the weekend. If he is unclaimed, Sam may still wind up on the Rams' 10-man practice squad.
"I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level," Sam said via his Twitter account Saturday afternoon.
"I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career. The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues."