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ST. LOUIS (CBS St. Louis/AP) — Michael Sam has been released by the St. Louis Rams.

The first openly gay football player drafted was cut by the Rams Saturday as the team revealed its 53-man roster.

Sam will be put on waivers and can be picked up by any team. ESPN reports that the Rams would like to bring Sam back for the team’s practice squad if he’s not signed by another team.

Sam was the Southeastern Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year for Missouri in 2013. Sam announced he was gay following his senior season.

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said during a press conference Saturday that it “was not a difficult decision” to release Sam.

“This was a football decision. Mike fit in very, very well. I was pulling for him and it didn’t work out,” Fisher said.

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