Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted (and cut) by an NFL team, appears to have found a new home on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.
Cowboys plan to bring Michael Sam to Dallas for a physical Wednesday, per team source. If all goes well, Sam will be a Cowboy.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2014
And so Sam's journey from barrier-breaking draft pick to long-shot contender for the St. Louis Rams to unemployed player took another wild swing. After Sam was cut by the Rams, no other team picked him up when he was placed on waivers earlier this week.
And then on Tuesday evening, Sam got a call from the Dallas Cowboys with an offer to join their practice squad. This doesn't mean that Sam will play a game in the NFL, but it does mean he'll at least have a shot, which is all he is asking for:
It’s been a roller coaster this past week but I’m happy where I’m at now. I’m just looking forward to being a Cowboy, my focus is on making the team..."
If you ignore the fact that ESPN ran a segment that discussed his locker room showering habits, Sam's past few months have been pretty standard for a late-round draft pick, an experience with no shortage of uncertainty. That's not to say there wasn't a shortage of ambient embarrassment as well.