IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys released Michael Sam from the practice squad, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time.
Sam was signed to Dallas’ practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason.
The Rams drafted Sam late in the seventh round of the NFL draft in May. The former SEC defensive player of the year at Missouri was pick No. 249 out of 256.
While releasing Sam on Tuesday, the Cowboys added linebacker Troy Davis of Central Florida and defensive tackle Ken Bishop of Northern Illinois to their practice squad.
Bucs sign WR/KR Holliday
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed receiver and return man Trindon Holliday and promoted defensive end T.J. Fatinikun from the practice squad to the active roster.
To make room for the additions, the team waived receiver Solomon Patton and defensive end Scott Solomon on Tuesday.
Holliday, a former LSU standout, entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick of the Houston Texans in the 2010 draft.
He’s also played for the Denver Broncos, appearing in 31 regular-season games while returning 80 punts for 752 yards and two touchdowns. He’s returned 49 kickoffs for 1,327 yards and two TDs.
The Bucs also announced linebacker Mister Alexander and receiver Marcus Thigpen were signed to the practice squad. Linebacker Shayne Skov was released from the practice squad.
Bucs DE Bowers suspended
TAMPA, Fla. — The NFL suspended Tampa Bay defensive end Da’Quan Bowers for two games without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The fourth-year pro will join suspended Buccaneers fullback Jorvorskie Lane in sitting out Sunday’s home game against Minnesota, as well as a Nov. 2 road game at Cleveland. Lane’s two-game ban for violating the same policy was announced last week, when Tampa Bay had a bye.
Bowers and Lane will be eligible to return to the active roster on Nov. 3.
Panthers release DB Godfrey
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers announced they’ve released longtime defensive back Charles Godfrey and signed guard Chris Scott.
Godfrey joined the Panthers as a third-round draft pick in 2008 and played in 82 games with 75 starts.
Godfrey, 28, had worked his way back from a torn Achilles tendon in 2013, playing in seven games with one start this season. However, Carolina’s secondary has struggled, allowing 15 touchdown passes.
Scott started eight games for Carolina in 2013 before being released in August.
Spiller has chance to return
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller’s season isn’t over just yet.
Spiller was placed on the reserve injured/designated to return list Tuesday, a day after having surgery to repair a collarbone injury. That means Spiller will have a chance to return by Week 16.
Spiller and co-starting running back Fred Jackson were hurt in a 17-16 win over Minnesota on Sunday. Jackson is expected to miss four weeks with a groin injury.
The Bills filled Spiller’s roster spot by signing Phillip Tanner, who spent the previous three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
Tanner had 56 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns, nine catches for 93 yards and had a special teams role in 40 games with Dallas.
Buffalo (4-3) plays at the New York Jets (1-6) on Sunday.