The St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam from the team’s 10-man practice squad on Monday. It follows Sam being cut from the Rams’ 53-man roster on Saturday. Combined, it is a major blow to Sam’s potential to play in the NFL and become the league’s first openly gay player. Sam did clear waivers Sunday and is free to play for any team in the NFL. Sam was picked in the seventh round of the NFL draft. Of the 41 picks in this round, 22 made the 53-man rosters of their teams and four made practice squads. Rams Coach Jeff Fisher had hinted prior to the cut that Sam, a defensive end, would not make the practice squad. “If you’re familiar with our roster right now, we’ve got five linebackers, for example; we need linebackers on the practice squad,” he said.