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Rams hoping not to get picked for 'Hard Knocks'

Monday - 5/19/2014, 7:58pm  ET

FILE - In this May 13, 2014 file photo, St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility in St. Louis. When Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams on May 10, 2014, he became the first openly gay player ever drafted by an NFL team. It is a milestone has made longtime gay fans all the more enthusiastic, and already is drawing newcomers into the fold. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michael Sam is out of the TV spotlight and the St. Louis Rams are hopeful of avoiding being the subject of another high-profile show.

Coach Jeff Fisher told The Associated Press on Monday that it's "probably unlikely" the NFL will choose the Rams for HBO's "Hard Knocks."

The Rams are among teams eligible to get chosen for three reasons: They haven't appeared on the show for the past decade, haven't hired a new head coach and haven't reached the playoffs either of the past two seasons.

The Rams have never been picked and are coming off a pair of seven-win seasons in Fisher's first two years in the rugged NFC West.

Fisher said the announcement by the Oprah Winfrey network to film a documentary about Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, came as a surprise.

"I think the Oprah thing, it caught us off-guard," Fisher said. "Whenever it takes place, I think it'll be a positive piece."

Just not this summer.

"Not good for the locker room," the coach said. "Nor Mike to get involved at this point."

Sam was the SEC co-defensive player of the year at Missouri, but was drafted late in the seventh round after a poor combine performance combined with other franchises' concerns about taking a player who might be a distraction.

Just a few hours before the series was postponed Friday, a camera crew filmed a rookie workout, interviewed reporters and asked other media members to sign release waivers.

"We had a meeting and we got it resolved satisfactorily for everybody," Fisher said. "The best thing for Mike right now is to just focus on football."

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