ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was hospitalized in critical but stable condition Wednesday after an incident the night before, the Rams said.
The team did not say what happened to Bailey.
“We are aware Stedman Bailey was involved in an incident this evening. We have spoken with Stedman and he is in the hospital in critical, but stable, condition. We are gathering facts about the situation and will provide updates as we learn more,” the Rams said in a statement.
Bailey was suspended for four games without pay on November 9th for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He served a two-game suspension last season for violating league policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Bailey drew national attention and a fine from the league this season when he fell to the ground in the end zone to celebrate an 18-yard touchdown reception against Arizona. He used the football as a pillow as if taking a nap, then got up after a few seconds. Bailey said after that game that the “nap” was a signal that opposing defenses shouldn’t go to sleep on him.
He's eligible to return to the Rams' active roster on December 7th, one day after the team plays the Arizona Cardinals.
The 25-year-old was a 3rd-round draft pick for the Rams in 2013.
He left West Virginia University with the school's second-highest number of receptions: 210.
NFL players from across the country offered support and prayers for Bailey's recovery.
"Prayers out to my dawg Stedman Bailey man," San Diego Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett tweeted.
Running back Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers echoed that sentiment.
"Prayers to my brother Stedman Bailey," he tweeted.