Rookie defensive end Michael Sam has returned to the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League following a two-week absence from the team.

By SI Wire
June 26, 2015

Rookie defensive end Michael Sam has returned to the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League following a two-week absence from the team, reports the Montreal Gazette.

Sam left the team on June 12, citing personal reasons. The team said it fully supported the decision and would welcome him back to the team.

Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said he was unsure why Sam decided to leave training camp.

“There’s nothing to tell you,” he said at the time. “He wanted to go home, and that’s what he did. I don’t know why. When a guy wants to go home, they go home. He had some personal things to take care of."

The team moved him to the suspended list until he made a decision about his future.

According to the report, Sam was in Montreal during the team’s game against the Ottawa Redblacks this week and plans to be at team meetings over the weekend before returning to practice on Monday.

Sam, 25, became the first openly gay player selected in the NFL draft when the St. Louis Rams chose him in the seventh round in 2014. The team cut Sam at the end of training camp after he made three sacks during the preseason.

Montreal signed him to a two-year deal last month and had been a free agent since being released from the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad in October.

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