After making statement, Sam must now wait

ST. LOUIS — Michael Sam feels like he has proven that he can play in the NFL. But now the league’s first openly gay player must wait to find out if he will get that opportunity with the Rams this season.

“I’m very confident that I’ll be playing on an NFL roster this fall,” Sam told reporters following Thursday’s final preseason game in Miami. “I made some big plays in games and in practice I improved every week and I know I can play in this league.”

A unanimous All-American and the co-defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference while at Mizzou last season, Sam is among the players on the bubble as the Rams have to trim their roster from 75 players to 53 by the league’s mandated 3 p.m. CT Saturday deadline.

“We’ll have to let some guys go that played well for us,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher told reporters Thursday night regarding the upcoming roster cuts. “We’ll get together and … you know, this is the hard part about the National Football League right now. In the next couple of days we’ll start reducing the roster to 53. So we’ll have some discussions and go from there.”

Whether the Rams’ seventh-round pick makes the team will likely come down to number crunching at other positions and if the Rams decide to keep 10 defensive linemen on their final 53.

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