This offseason, St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was suspended for the first four games of the NFL season for abusing the league’s substance abuse policy. Bailey was eligible to return to the Rams’ active roster after the teams bye week.
After showing flashes of playmaking ability at the end of last season and a preseason that included six catches, 87 yards, and a touchdown, fans grew more and more disappointed about the suspension.
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Over the past week the NFL has been negotiating a deal that would allow all players that abused the substance abuse policy to be reinstated or at least have their suspensions reduced. A deal was unofficially agreed upon, but with minor details still needing to be worked out, the NFL and the players’ union did not reach a final agreement on proposed changes to the league’s drug policy by Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET roster deadline.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed upon a deal.
This means that Stedman Bailey should be able to start practicing right away and be eligible to play as soon as Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Obviously, it will be up to head coach Jeff Fisher on whether or not Bailey actually does get to play.
This is obviously great news for the Rams as Bailey has become one of the better receivers in the Rams’ receiving corps. Bailey lead Rams wide receivers in receiving yards in the final five games of the season last year with 155 yards.