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Montreal Alouettes expecting Michael Sam back

Michael Sam at a press conference after signing with the Montreal Alouettes. Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Two weeks after Michael Sam left training camp for personal reasons, the Montreal Alouettes have indicated they’re expecting him to return.

Sam left their training camp early to “return home for personal reasons,” according to a statement from the team.

No other details were offered about his absence.

The team has since played its first game of the season without Sam.

But rumours started circulating Thursday that Sam has returned to Montreal from his hometown of Galveston, Texas.

Charles Rooke, the Alouettes’ Director of Communications, could not confirm if Sam is in the city but said that he was due to return.

“We’re always expecting him back so [the rumours] are not a surprise to us,” said Rooke.
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Rooke suggested that a place on the team is awaiting Sam when he returns.

Sam rose to prominence as the first openly gay football player to be drafted to the NFL.

He faced both applause and backlash for widely-broadcast footage of him kissing his boyfriend in reaction to his successful draft.

He played briefly for the St. Louis Rams in 2014 before being added to the Dallas Cowboys‘ practice squad.

Sam then signed a two-year contract with the Alouettes in May, but hasn’t yet played a match with the team.

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