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Sam on Cowboys practice squad…Milliner still not practicing

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(AP) — Michael Sam has been signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. The NFL’s first openly gay player landed in Dallas after being released in the Rams’ final cutdown to the 53-man roster on Saturday.

The Cowboys are seeking help with their pass rush because of injuries and the offseason release of franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware. Sam isn’t likely to be on the active roster for Sunday’s opener against San Francisco.

In other NFL news:

— The New York Jets could be without cornerback Dee Milliner for their season opener Sunday, leaving the team’s depleted secondary even thinner against Oakland. Milliner hasn’t practiced since suffering a high ankle sprain on Aug. 10. He worked with trainers on the side during Wednesday’s workout and did straight-ahead running, but hasn’t done any cutting.

— The family of Junior Seau has opted out of a proposed NFL legal settlement with former players over concussion-related injuries. Instead, the family will continue its wrongful death lawsuit against the league. Seau committed suicide in 2012 after spending 20 seasons in the NFL.

— The NFL says concussions decreased by 13 percent overall during the 2013 season from the previous year, and the number of concussions coming from helmet-to-helmet contact was down 23 percent. Those are the findings of the NFL’s Health and Safety committee, which released its report to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

— A group campaigning for the Washington Redskins to change their name is sending a letter to broadcasters requesting that Redskins not be uttered on the public airwaves. The letter was released Wednesday and is signed by more than 100 Native American, religious and civil rights organizations.


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