LOS ANGELES – Former WVU-turned NFL wide receiver Stedman Bailey has endured a long and challenging road to recovery since he was shot twice in the head last November. Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher believes “he’s lucky to be alive.”
Bailey has spent the last six months working his body back into football physique while holding onto the hope that he would some day return to competition. Unfortunately, the Rams announced on Tuesday evening that Bailey has been waived with a non-football injury designation.
According to the team, Bailey has joined the NFI list, meaning he will still be around the team, just not in a playing aspect. Coach Fisher made it clear that he and the organization are far from ready to let go of Bailey and his hard-working demeanor. In fact, Bailey will be assisting the Rams coaching staff for the upcoming season.
“I’m going to be selfish and try to bring him over on the coaching side and have him help,” Fisher told rams.com. “He’s worked with some of our punt cover guys. Sted(man) was an outstanding special teams player for us. And so there’s a lot of work behind the scenes that needs to be done. So, we’ll put him behind a desk and bring him out on the field and see how he likes it.”
Fisher again reiterated Bailey’s eagerness to return as a player, but also confirmed that visits with multiple specialists and extensive medical research has proven that the former third-round draft selection will not be cleared to play.
“I’m so impressed that he’s gotten back into shape,” Fisher said. “He’s willing to play, but at this point there’s no medical research that will permit him to play.”
The Rams open their preseason schedule on August 13 at home against the Dallas Cowboys.
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