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Is the NFL ready for its first out player?

According to Mike Freeman at CBS Sports, the day when an openly gay athlete will join the National Football League -- or when a current player will publicly come out -- may be closer than you think.

After conducting a series of interviews with NFL insiders, Freeman reports:

I'm told that a current gay NFL player is strongly considering coming out publicly within the next few months -- and after doing so, the player would attempt to continue his career.

I'm told this player feels the time is now for someone to take this step -- despite homophobic remarks from San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver and the controversy arising recently at the Indianapolis Scouting combine, when prospects were asked questions about their sexuality.

This player's true concern, I'm told, is not the reaction inside an NFL locker room but outside of it. The player fears he will suffer serious harm from homophobic fans, and that is the only thing preventing him from coming out. My sources will not say who this alleged player is.

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