Former Rams WR Stedman Bailey, who was shot in the face nearly two years ago, tells TMZ Sports that he’s still hoping to return to the NFL at some point following an upcoming procedure.
“Got a procedure coming up that WILL increase my chances of stepping back out there drastically,” Bailey said. “I damn sure owe it to myself to try everything within my power to get back on the field.”
However, if the procedure doesn’t decrease the risk of serious injury, Bailey admits he’ll move on with his life and accept that this career is over.
“After this procedure if doctors think it’s too risky for my health and well being then I’ll accept that this door has closed in my life but until then I’ma ball until I fall,” Bailey said.
The officially waived Bailey with a non-football injury designation a few months ago.
Bailey joined West Virginia’s coaching staff during July of last year as a student assistant and enrolled as a full-time student to complete his bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies.
Bailey, 26, is a former third-round pick of the Rams back in 2013. He had one year remaining on his four-year, $2.736 million contract that included a $527,400 signing bonus would have mad a base salary of $690,123 in 2017.
In 2015, Bailey caught 12 passes for 182 yards receiving and one touchdown over the course of eight games for the Rams.