Bailey was previously suspended for four games in the 2014 offseason, though a renegotiation of the suspension by-laws saw Bailey's suspension reduced to just two games. With his first suspension related to performance-enhancing substances, this may be related to non-PEDs and thus not requiring a stiffer suspension for a second violation.
Bailey's suspension last season was for PEDs. This year, it's substance abuse.— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) November 9, 2015
As Schefter reports, any appeal has been withdrawn. That would certainly explain why the Rams worked out three veteran WRs today as possible replacements on the roster.
This isn't the first run-in with the new policy rules for the Rams this year. RB Trey Watts was suspended for four games initially in May before running afoul of them again last week and facing a season-long suspension for his second violation.
A third year pro, Bailey was a third-round pick in the Rams' 2013 NFL Draft joining fellow West Virginia Mountaineer Tavon Austin to head to St. Louis. He has 12 receptions on 23 targets for 182 yards and a touchdown, scored against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4, this season.
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The NFL has made the following official statement regarding Bailey's suspension:
Stedman Bailey of the St. Louis Rams has been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Bailey’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Rams’ active roster on Monday, December 7 following the team’s December 6 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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It was for weed.