Sam I Am: Day 2 of Michael Sam as a Cowboy

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IRVING - It’s day two of Michael Sam’s life as a Cowboy, and it felt a lot like a typical Thursday at Valley Ranch.

The media turn out was back to the regulars. Sam’s name never even came up in Jason Garrett’s morning press conference. The focus for the team is on the 49ers.

“The 49ers are as good a team as there is in the National Football League,” said Head Coach Garrett. “Our focus is on doing what we can do to prepare to play our best football on Sunday."

So Sam may be yesterday’s news for the Cowboys, but not for everyone.

A Washington, D.C. lobbyist named Jack Burkman is promising thousands of conservative Christians will protest outside AT&T Stadium. That’s a lot of work for a guy who won’t even be in pads for the game.

Well, the pads were on Thursday for practice squad duty. Practice squad is hardly the glitz and glamour you would expect in the NFL. It pays about $6,000 a week, about a quarter of the NFL rookie minimum. Players don’t travel on road games, can get cut at anytime, and even claimed by any other NFL team at any moment.

But for players like Michael Sam, it’s a chance to be one step away from an NFL field.