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What’s Next for Michael Sam?

St. Louis Rams cut the openly gay defensive end Saturday, but analysts say he has a future in the NFL

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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