Report: Stedman Bailey suspended for four games


It looks like the Rams will be down a receiver for the first four games of the 2014 season.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey has been suspended for a violation of the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. If Bailey is suspended, he’ll be allowed to practice with the team through the end of the summer and play in preseason games before missing the first month of the season.

Bailey was a third-round pick last year and caught 17 passes for 226 yards while playing in all 16 games. Bailey also had a 27-yard touchdown run and the Rams will miss him as they work to put a more productive offense in place as the season gets underway.

The Rams didn’t select a receiver during the draft, although they, like the Browns with Josh Gordon, would have known that Bailey was facing a suspension. With Bailey out of the lineup, the Rams will cobble together an early receiver group out of Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis, Brian Quick and Kenny Britt.

55 responses to “Report: Stedman Bailey suspended for four games

  1. Bailey, Blackmon, Gordon, golly- who else can we put in the same room and make a good joke- there’s someone out there with more creativity than I?!

    An NFL receiver and a drug dealer walk into the room, but only one….nahhhh…..


  2. Horrifyingly stupid.
    Perhaps it was the PEDs that led to his increased production late in the year, but he appeared to be getting it.
    I expected him to have a big presence from Week 1 this year
    This sucks.

  3. Pretty disappointing to hear. He really came on at the end of last year. With that being said he didnt have a large role quiteyet. They will probably open the season with Britt and Givens on the outside and Austin in the slot IMO.

  4. Love this kid. He has good route running , great hands, and a high motor . cmon Sted! Just train hard and we’ll see you week 5.

  5. His parents should be suspended at least 4 games for naming him “”Stedman”.

  6. I am guessing it is some random ingredient on the banned list, in some form of shake powder, or cold medicine. I will also guess it was unintentionally taken.

  7. Like the rest of these people.I was looking forward to him being a bigger part of the offense. Hopefully he’ll learn from this.Come back prepared to be a big part of the RAMS Super Bowl run.

  8. Nobody really cares. NFL just takes a few guys each year and makes an example of them so they can tell Congress they are diligently protecting America’s youth from the evils of PEDs. This is ALL just more corporate windowdressing. Hell the league was built on the backs of steroids. We all want the players on our teams to be bigger, faster, stronger. But for some reason we need to feign disgust at the ones from other teams who get caught using PEDs. Total BS.

    Funny how no franchise QB or cornerstone type players ever get caught. Can’t imagine a case where the best guys in the league use PEDs….especially if the cap number is high.

  9. Union prohibits the NFL from publicizing what the suspension, therefore his camp gets to lie, I mean say what they want…default ‘it was a prescription drug’….and most of ya believe…sigh.

  10. I bet Michael Sam gets busted “substance” abuse.

    Wow, horrible!

    No slap my wrist for sharing the opinion of the masses.

  11. Can someone please tell which Seahawks players were suspended or tested positive for PEDs during last season…I don’t seem to remember there being any reports of that happening. Reminder: WEED is not a performance enhancing drug.

  12. Next year the Dallas Cowboys will take the league by storm! We have the best QB, the the WRs, the best defense, and the best owner in the entire league, and possibly even NFL history! I can taste the Cowboys 2014 Super Bowl Trophy already!


  13. Let’s see. So if it’s a Seahawk player caught using PEDs, it just fits the narrative. And if it’s a player from one of the 31 other teams that uses PEDs, then he’s expected to make his way to Seattle. Basically, no matter how this happens, nor to whom, it eventually comes back to Seattle. I guess that’s easier than, say, thinking.


  14. Hmm wasn’t he one of the players that resulted from the RG3 trade? Let’s see, Isaiah Pead might not make the roster due to them picking Tre Mason, Watkins isn’t with the Rams anymore, the #45 pick from 2012 they got from Washington that was traded to Chicago ended up being Alshon Jeffery. All the sudden that list is getting smaller and smaller.

  15. Guy must have been training in the off season with some of the Seahawks. Come on man.

  16. Not a huge loss for the Rams anyway. I think they were just trying to catch up with the Seahawks and they are at least 5 0r 6 P.E.D busts away from them.

  17. 2013 Stedman Bailey Statistics: 17 receptions – 226 yards

    So… what will he do WITHOUT performance enhancing drugs?!?

  18. Seriously, folks. The PED jokes with The Hawks is so old and tired. Isnt it time for you all to install your free 200 hours of AOL using your dial up connection?

  19. So, everyone making PED jokes, how many members of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl roster have been suspended for PEDs?

    If you answered one, LB Bruce Irvin, you’d be correct.

    Irvin was suspended the first four games of 2013 for a positive test result at the end of the 2012 season. Since then, the number of Seattle Seahawks who have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs is zero.

    That’s right, not one positive PED test result for the entire Super Bowl season. Browner and Thurmond got popped for marijuana, which is not a performance enhancing drug (unless you’re trying to enhance a performance of a Pink Floyd album).

    Have a nice day.

  20. Hopefully this is raise awareness in the Rams locker room. Lots of guys with red flags from their college days on this team. I fear this team could implode on itself without warning.

  21. Oh one of YOUR team’s players gets suspended for PEDs? Better make excuses and redirect the problem to other teams in the conference. That taste in your mouth is called hypocrisy. It happened, deal with it and move on.

  22. “What is with the NFC West and these drugs?”

    There are some on every single team, don’t think there aren’t. Its just a questions of who’s getting caught and how many on a given team.

  23. NFC west is jacked on ped’s just like the rest of the league. This is the gladiators of our time so what do u expect? Stop whining and enjoy the helmet slamming, concussion sport till the nanny state or even the disgusting greed of the non-profit league drives the sport into the ground. In the meantime, Go Hawks!

  24. Nobody busts the Rams chops more than I. But I’m willing to wager 90% of the clowns posting never even heard of him. If he couldn’t crack a line-up where the starters are Givens, Quick, Pettis, he was irrelevant anyway. Good bye Stedy

  25. Word is he was LATE for the test. Never took anything. Big difference. Both result in policy violation and he’s taking his punishment. Amazing how many judgmental people there are. I’m just amazed St. Louis local media didn’t bother to find out details before they ran with it too.

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