December 07, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher says wide receiver Stedman Bailey was improving from two gunshot wounds to the head, but wasn't sure if the 2013 third-round pick would be able to return to the NFL.

Fisher said Monday that the injuries are career-threatening. But the coach wasn't ruling out a return based on Bailey's progress thus far from the shooting in Miami Gardens, Florida, near his home, on Nov. 24.

Petula Burks, a spokeswoman for the Miami Gardens police department, said Bailey was in stable condition at an area hospital. Burks had no update on Antwan Reeves, the second victim, who was shot multiple times.

''There's a chance he doesn't play (again),'' Fisher said of Bailey. ''However, based on what he's done over the last 10 days, he may surprise everybody.''

The 25-year-old Bailey came off the suspended list Monday from a four-game ban for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Fisher said the team probably would place him on the non-football injury list.

''We'll take care of Sted, that's our intention,'' Fisher said. ''He's doing better, yeah. Puts a smile on my face when I get to think about where he's at right now.''

Two fellow Rams wide receivers, former college teammate Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt, have been wearing Bailey's No. 12 in practice.

Bailey started three games each of the last two seasons and this year had 12 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown.

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