- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Dallas Cowboys announced Wednesday that they’ve signed Michael Sam — the NFL’s first openly gay player — to the team’s 10-man practice squad.

“We just want to give him a chance to come in and help our football team,” coach Jason Garrett said, ESPN reported. “That’s where our attention is [on football]. What people say outside the organization is up to them.”

Sam had three sacks during preseason games with the St. Louis Rams before he was released last weekend. 

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Sam’s new Cowboys practice number will be 46, ESPN reported. His St. Louis number 96 jersey had cracked the top 10 in NFL sales over the summer prior to his release.

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