*Michael Sam’s sudden bolt from the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes was due, in part, to his belief that his chances of making the roster were slim to none, reports the Montreal Gazette.
Sam, who signed a two-year deal with the team last month, requested a leave of absence on Friday and has yet to return. The team suspended him on Monday, a strategic move that allows the Alouettes to retain his rights while he’s away from the team.
The squad announced that Sam was away for personal reasons, but the Montreal Gazette reports that sources think Sam bounced once he got a sense that he would not make the team.
The newspaper reported that the “theory … in the Als dressing room” is that Sam wanted to spare himself and the team the awkward situation of trying to explain Sam being cut.
The team released six players on Monday, trimming its roster down to 65 players. CFL teams carry 46 players; NFL teams carry 53-man rosters.