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May 13, 2014

Former WVU WR Bailey suspended four games

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Bailey tweeted that he had never taken PED.

“I acknowledge that a violation of league policy occurred and that I am responsible for that violation,” he added on Twitter. “I sincerely apologize” to the team.

Responding to negative tweets, Bailey said, “Everyone makes mistakes.”

Bailey was a third-round draft pick last year out of West Virginia, and made two starts. He had 17 receptions with a 13.3-yard average and also ran for a 27-yard touchdown.

Bailey will be eligible to return to the roster on Monday, Oct.6, before the Rams’ next game against San Francisco. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

At West Virginia, Bailey set several receiving records after catching 214 passes for 3,218 yards and 41 touchdowns in three seasons. His senior season he hauled in 114 passes for 1,622 yards and 25 touchdowns and was named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate receiver. He holds the school record for receiving yards and touchdown receptions in a single season and was named a First-team All-American and First-team All-Big 12 his final season with the Mountaineers.

Bailey’s suspension comes just one season after former West Virginia defensive end and current Seattle Seahawk Bruce Irvin was suspended for the same infraction.

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