INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24: Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam looks on during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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By TIME Video
August 31, 2014

The NFL may not see its first openly gay player on a regular season roster this year after all.

The St. Louis Rams announced Saturday that Michael Sam didn’t make the team’s 53-man roster, but analysts say the rookie defensive end still has a shot at a career in the NFL.

Sam now becomes a free agent, but if another team doesn’t pick him up, he might end up back where he started: with the Rams, as part of their 10-member practice squad, the Washington Post reported. In that case, the player would practice with the team but not play in games.

Watch the video above for more on what analysts say is in store for Sam.

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