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Emmitt Smith: 'Tremendous opportunity for Michael Sam to play this year'
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Emmitt Smith: 'Tremendous opportunity for Michael Sam to play this year'
Wednesday September 3rd, 2014

The Dallas Cowboys have signed defensive end Michael Sam to their practice squad, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said at a press conference Wednesday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter had reported Tuesday that Sam was being flown to Dallas for a physical Wednesday and would be signed to the team's practice squad if he passed the exam. Sam, a native of Texas, told the Daily Mail on Tuesday night that he was excited to be joining the Cowboys. 

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Team management spent Tuesday calling players to gauge their reaction to potentially signing Sam, according to NFL.com.

Sam, who became the first openly gay player selected in the NFL draft when St. Louis picked him in the seventh round this year, was cut by the Rams last week and was not signed to their practice squad after clearing waivers. He was free to sign with any team.

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The Montreal Alouettes of the CFL reportedly reached out to Sam on Monday.

The 24-year-old compiled three sacks and 11 tackles over four preseason games with St. Louis, which is considered to have one of the deepest defensive lines in the league. He was named the SEC defensive player of the year at Missouri last season after recording 11.5 sacks.

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