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Rams suspended WR Stedman Bailey reportedly shot in Miami

By Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange
Rams suspended WR Stedman Bailey reportedly shot in Miami
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

EARTH CITY, Mo. - St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was reportedly involved in a shooting incident Tuesday evening in his hometown of Miami.

Bailey is currently serving a four-game suspension that began Nov. 9 for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy. Bailey was in his hometown even though players under suspension for substance abuse are permitted to be at the team facility although they are not allowed to practice.

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At the time of the suspension, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said, "Very, very disappointed in his choices. He let himself down in addition to letting his teammates and this organization down. (It's) a setback for us from an offensive standpoint; a setback from a special teams standpoint. I've had numerous conversations with 'Sted.' He understands that this is his last go-around. If he wants to flourish in this league, have a career in this league, he's going to have to change his lifestyle. He's regretful."

While details are sketchy, Michael Silver of nfl.com reported the Rams confirmed the shooting and that Bailey suffered a non-life threatening head wound that will require surgery Wednesday morning. There were also reports Bailey was also shot in the hip.

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A third-round pick in the 2013 draft, Bailey was also suspended four games in 2014 for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but that suspension was shortened to two games by the implementation of a new league drug policy in September 2014.

This season, prior to the suspension, Bailey has 12 receptions for 182 yards and one touchdown in eight games.

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