Sam to make CFL de­but some time in Au­gust

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

MON­TREAL — Michael Sam will make his Mon­treal Alou­ettes de­but some time in Au­gust, but coach Tom Higgins did not say ex­actly when. The Alou­ettes play Satur­day in Cal­gary, but Higgins wouldn’t say if the de­fen­sive end will be in the lineup. “He’s go­ing to see the field in Au­gust, but we have five games in Au­gust, four on the road,” Higgins said Tues­day. “He is get­ting so much closer to be­ing able to play. “He’s ready. He wants to go and I think it’s go­ing to hap­pen sooner than later.” Sam was not made avail­able to the media for com­ment. Sam, who be­came the first pub­licly gay player drafted by an NFL club when the St. Louis Rams picked him in 2014, signed a two-year con­tract with Mon­treal. He left two weeks into train­ing camp to at­tend to per­sonal is­sues and re­turned June 29. The team felt he needed at least a month of con­di­tion­ing and prac­tis­ing with the team be­fore he would be ready to play.

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