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History will have to wait a bit longer. Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, has been cut from the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad, the organization announced Tuesday.

Sam, who was the 2013 South Eastern Conference co-defensive player of the year while at the University of Missouri, joined the Cowboys on Sept. 3 after spending the preseason with the St. Louis Rams, which drafted him in May.

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"Comes to work every day and practices hard," head coach Jason Garrett said 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."

Though Sam excelled in the preseason with three sacks in four games, he's never played a snap of regular-season professional football, meaning the league has yet to have its first openly gay player in a real game. Now that Sam has been cut from the Cowboys' practice squad, he can be picked up by any other team in the league.

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