Alouettes place Michael Sam on suspended list

Jun 15, 2015 - 9:42 PM Montreal, QC ( - The Montreal Alouettes placed defensive end Michael Sam on their suspended list Monday.

Sam left the team for personal reasons last week after being given special permission to return home to Texas.

The 25-year-old Sam, the first openly gay man to attempt to make an NFL roster, signed a two-year deal with the Alouettes last month.

Sam declared his homosexuality leading into the 2014 NFL Draft Combine. He was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the draft, but failed to make the roster. He later signed as a practice squad player with the Dallas Cowboys, but did not appear on their active roster during the 2014 season.

The SEC Defensive Player of the Year while at Missouri in his senior season, Sam appeared on Dancing with the Stars this past TV season and attempted to impress an NFL team by appearing at the veteran combine earlier this spring.

In four seasons with Missouri, Sam registered a 123 total tackles and 21 sacks. He also had two interceptions.

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