St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was shot in the head in a Miami suburb on Tuesday night and remains in “critical, but stable, condition," according to a statement released by the team.
Bailey was reportedly sitting in a car outside his family home with his cousin and two young family members during the shooting. Despite being hit in the head with two shots, Bailey’s injuries are not life threatening. He’ll reportedly undergo surgery on Wednesday. The other adult in the vehicle is worse off after he was shot multiple times while attempting to protect the children, ESPN reports.
Bailey was away from the Rams on a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. When his suspension was announced earlier this month, Bailey for “partaking in a disgraceful activity.”
The 25-year-old is in his third year in the NFL after spending three years at West Virginia University and getting picked up in the third round of the 2013 draft by the Rams. Many had pegged Bailey for a breakout in the 2015 season, something that is clearly not going to happen now. But the year hasn’t been a total loss: He’s already pulled off one of the best, and most understated, touchdown celebrations of the season.
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