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Oprah’s network delays film about Sam

The planned documentary by the Oprah Winfrey Network on Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, has been postponed.

Erik Logan, president of the network, said Friday the postponement was made after meetings with the St. Louis Rams.

“After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team,” Logan said in a statement.

“It’s clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams.”

As a seventh-round draft pick, Sam will face hefty challenges just to make the Rams. Being the subject of a TV documentary could have been a major distraction for the defensive end from Missouri.

“This (postponement) will allow for Michael to have a total focus on football, and will ensure no distractions to his teammates,” added Sam’s agent, Cameron Weiss. “Everybody involved remains committed to this project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message.”

Bears rookie class shows adaptability

Chicago touted its rookie class for its versatility. They showed it off a bit Friday on their first day of rookie minicamp.

Undrafted and drafted players showed an ability to adapt, even to Chicago’s fickle weather. Running back selection Ka’Deem Carey from Arizona took one look at the brief mid-May snowstorm, saw the team headed inside the Walter Payton Center and couldn’t have been happier.

Probably no Bears rookie had to show more versatility than undrafted free agent Jordan Lynch, the rugged former Northern Illinois quarterback who finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting. The Bears lined Lynch up at running back, he caught a few passes and even played personal protector for the punter on special teams.

Around the league

Cleveland dropped inconsistent wide receiver Greg Little. … Oakland signed former Notre Dame running back George Atkinson III and 10 other undrafted free agents. … The New York Jets signed tight end Jace Amaro out of Texas Tech , their second-round draft pick, to a four-year contract. … Green Bay signed fourth-round draft pick Carl Bradford, finalizing the agreement with the linebacker on the day the team opened its rookie minicamp. …

Former Ohio State backup quarterback Kenny Guiton is among four undrafted players invited to participate in Buffalo’s rookie minicamp.

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