St. Louis Rams WR Stedman Bailey career possibly over after shooting


St. Louis Rams Wide Receiver Stedman Bailey was shot twice in the head late one November night. News broke out via social media on November 24th that Bailey was shot twice while sitting in a car with his young relatives and cousin. Ever since that tragic day, Bailey has been improving as coach Jeff Fisher has been in contact with Bailey’s family. 

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On Monday, Jeff Fisher said during a press conference that his injuries are career-threatening and is probably done with football, according to Pro Football Talk.  Jim Thomas of the St. Louis-Dispatch, also added on that his career is in jeopardy because of the injuries Bailey suffered in the shooting. 

Bailey was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, as his short NFL career could come to a sudden stop. In his career with the Rams, Bailey has caught 59 passes for a total of 843 receiving yards. Bailey also added on two touchdowns, with a high average of 14.3 yards a catch. Before the shooting, this season Bailey had 182 receiving yards along with his longest catch in his career of 68 yards.

Fisher also commented on how the future for Bailey may not be bright right now, but he could surprise us all. 

"“There’s a chance he doesn’t play (again), However, based on what he’s done over the last 10 days, he may surprise everybody.”"

Bailey went through six hours of surgery, and days later he was able to write his name and talk to his girlfriend and family. Bailey is looking at this tragedy and being thankful that he is still alive today. He called it a miracle, and took to twitter to talk to his fans for the first time since the shooting on December 4th.

"“To my entire Rams family, especially my teammates, fans & peers, I thank you so much for your continued prayers & support. My recovery has been nothing short of a miracle (a work of GOD) and I can only give GOD the praise, glory and honor for which he is doing with my life at this team.”"

Bailey is coming off a four game suspension from violating the League’s substance abuse policy, which was lifted on Monday. Fisher said that the plan is to place Bailey on a non-football injury list.

Whatever happens for the future of number 12, Rams nation along with the NFL is behind Stedman Bailey. As a fan of Bailey, I hoped to see him on the field one more time, yet knowing he is going to be alright is the news everybody should be caring about. Bailey is a very athletic and smart football player, as all we can do as fans is still send prayers and love to himself and his family.

Everybody at Ramblin’ Fan wishes the best for number 12. We hope for a bright future for Stedman Bailey after the horrible tragedy that happened November 24th.

Stedman Bailey will always be a member of the St. Louis Rams. Stay tuned for more information to come about the future of Bailey.