American football - First openly gay player survives Rams cut

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American football - First openly gay player survives Rams cut
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CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 23: Michael Sam #96 of the St. Louis Rams reacts after sacking Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe Robbins/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Joe Robbins)

- Michael Sam, the National Football League's first openly gay player, moved one step closer to a place in the St. Louis Rams' line-up Tuesday by surviving a league-mandated roster cut.

The Rams trimmed four players from the active roster to reach the NFL-required limit of 75 players by Tuesday, but another 22 players must be dropped by Saturday to create the final 53-man roster.

The Rams play their final pre-season game Thursday at Miami and will open the regular season at home against Minnesota on September 7.

Sam, a rookie from the nearby University of Missouri, is among eight defensive ends competing for up to six expected spots at the position.

Sam has five tackles in pre-season games and a team-high three quarterback sacks, two of them last week in a win over Cleveland.

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