Former West Virginia star receiver Stedman Bailey says he is ready to get back on an NFL roster two years after being shot twice in the head.
Bailey told DubVNation’s Caleb Wygal this week that his doctors have cleared him to play football again. Now he just needs a team that is willing to sign him.
“Doctors say I can play,” Bailey said, “but it’ll be up to teams to clear me, which I’ll be looking at this offseason.”
On Nov. 24, 2015, Bailey was sitting with four other people in a car in the Miami area when an unknown shooter in another vehicle pulled up and fired multiple rounds into the car. Bailey was shot twice in the head.
Now, after two years and multiple surgeries, Bailey is working out and wants to make an NFL comeback.
NFL Network host Peter Schrager shared more about Bailey’s comeback attempt on Good Morning Football on Wednesday.
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According to Schrager, Bailey had surgery to put a protective titanium plate over the area where the bullets fractured his skull. Before that procedure, playing football again was not considered safe for Bailey.
Bailey has since been working out with former West Virginia teammate Tavon Austin and Steelers receiver Antonio Brown.
He said he is running a faster 40-yard dash than ever before. At the 2013 NFL Combine, he ran a 4.52 in the 40. He wants to try to make an NFL roster this upcoming offseason.
The Rams drafted Bailey in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He had 59 receptions for 843 yards and 2 touchdowns in three seasons before his injury. He is currently a free agent.