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Cowboys Waive Michael Sam From Practice Squad; Bishop Among 2 Added

Nick Eatman is the recent published author of: “If These Walls Could Talk: Dallas Cowboys” a  collection of stories from the Cowboys’ locker room, sideline and press box, with a foreword written by Darren Woodson.

IRVING, Texas - The Cowboys have decided to waive defensive end Michael Sam.

The practice squad player who joined the team on Sept. 3, spent the first seven weeks of the season on the 10-man squad and never made it to the 53-man roster.

Sam, the first openly-gay player in the NFL, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Rams. He spent all of the offseason and training camp with the St. Louis before being released and signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad.

Last week, head coach Jason Garrett was asked about Sam’s progress.

“Comes to work every day and practices hard,” Garrett said last Thursday. “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.”

In the preseason, Sam showed off some pass-rushing skills with three sacks in four games with the Rams. Still, St. Louis decided to part ways with Sam, who starred at Missouri and was the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

The move opens a spot for linebacker Troy Davis, a second-year pro from Central Florida who worked out with the team on Monday. The Cowboys also re-signed seventh-round pick Ken Bishop to the practice squad. Bishop was cut from the 53-man roster on Saturday to make room for linebacker Keith Smith.

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