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Doug Marrone says 'courageous' Michael Sam would be welcomed by 'great culture'

INDIANAPOLIS -- Doug Marrone expressed confidence Michael Sam would be comfortable with the Buffalo Bills and vice versa.

Sam, a defensive end from the University of Missouri, recently revealed he's homosexual. He would be the NFL's first openly gay active player.

Marrone called Sam "courageous."

Sam is the reining Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year, but he's considered by many analysts to be a mid-round draft prospect.

"When it comes down to the NFL, it always comes down to the same thing: Can you perform good enough to help your team win," Marrone said today at the NFL scouting combine. "I think that's what everyone gets evaluated on here. The same with the locker room.

"I think we have a great culture in our building. I think we have a great culture within our locker room. I think our players are open to ... and I can't speak for them, but as far as the organization, we're open to bringing anyone in who can help better our football team, win games and help our community."

By announcing he's gay two weeks ago, Sam has put up his sexuality for discussion.

Sam will attend the combine. He will interview with teams, work out in Lucas Oil Stadium and hold a news conference with reporters.

"It's very courageous of him to come out and say what he feels," Marrone said. "I think people should do that. It must be awful to not be able to say what you feel or what you believe."

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