The Los Angeles Rams officially waived WR Stedman Bailey with a non-football injury designation on Monday.
Bailey’s NFL career, unfortunately, ended after he was shot twice in the head a few years ago. The Rams previously placed him on their reserve/non-football injury list last year, but this was just procedural.
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 helped the Rams during OTAs in a “de facto” coaching role and working with the team’s receivers.
“It’s been pretty tough, but I’m still here,” Bailey said. “Still could be a whole lot worse for me. I could not be standing here right now. I’m feeling good. I’ve got my health. I’ve got my family. My mind is good. Physically, I feel great. I’m just taking it for what it is. Every day I feel better.”
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 make 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.