MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 28: Defensive end Michael Sam #96 of the St. Louis Rams warms up prior to action against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on August 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images) By Marc Serota
(FootballStL) -- The St. Louis Rams have cut defensive end Michael Sam and 20 other players to trim the roster down to 53, the team announced Saturday.
Sam had 11 tackles and 3 sacks in the three preseason games with the Rams. However, Saturday's news puts a hold on Sam's quest to become the first openly gay player to make an NFL roster.
According to ESPN, a source said the Rams would like to sign Sam to their 10-player practice squad.
The other 31 NFL teams have 24 hours to put in a claim for Sam. He hit the waiver wires at 3 p.m. central time Saturday.
Among the other 20 players cut by the Rams was back-up quarterback Garrett Gilbert. For additional information on the roster moves, click here.