Former West Virginia and current St Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season after violating NFL policy for PEDs the league reported Monday.
Although he was suspended for the first month of the regular season, Bailey is still allowed to participate in all St Louis’ preseason games and to practice with the team until the start of the 2014 regular season.
Bailey did take to Twitter in respond to the suspension handed down by the NFL.
“I want to be clear that I’ve never taken any performance enhancing products. I acknowledge that a violation of league policy occurred and that I am responsible for that violation,” said Bailey. “I sincerely apologize to my Coach Fisher, Les Snead, Stan Kroenke, my teammates and our great fans for my mistake.”
Bailey continued, ”I see all the negative comments! Everyone makes mistakes, I guarantee I will bounce back. My promise to my fans & #RamsNation.”
The third round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft caught just 17 passes for 226 yards during his rookie campaign for St Louis. He also scored a touchdown on a double-reverse play in St Louis’ 23-13 win over Tampa Bay in the second to final week of the regular season last year.
In the first four games of the regular season, St Louis will play host to the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys during the first and third games of the season, while traveling to Tampa Bay and the Philadelphia Eagles during the second and fourth games.
Bailey will be able to return on October 6, ahead of St Louis’ first encounter with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football on October 13th.
We here at WVUPros.com will keep you up-to-date on any new details that come to light from news of Bailey’s suspension.