Rams hoping not to get picked for 'Hard Knocks'

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 the past decade, haven't hired a new head coach and haven't reached the playoffs either of the past two seasons.

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.

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