Then entirety of the NFL family was in shock last week when it emerged that St Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey had been shot.
The then-suspended wideout was shot twice in the head while riding in a car in Miami, while the driver of the vehicle was also shot multiple times trying to protect the children that were present.
Bailey remains in hospital after surgery a week ago, but there is some positive progress to report on the 25-year-old.
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Rams coach Jeff Fisher offered an update on Bailey’s condition during his meeting with the media on Monday, saying that he was in surgery for over six hours to remove one of the bullets and was put in a coma.
“He’s improving,” Fisher said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “One thing that was really, really cool [and] really, really emotional was that he obviously had intensive surgery — he was in surgery for over six hours — to remove one bullet. There were two wounds to the head, two shots. He was in a medically induced coma for obvious reasons to keep the swelling down in the brain."
Fisher then revealed that the uplifting moment he shared with the rest of the Rams was when they saw a picture of Bailey being able to sign his own name after the severe trauma.
"His girlfriend texted a picture to some of his teammates yesterday in the locker room [before the game] of him signing his name on a piece of paper, so [we] got to share that with the team yesterday and it was good news.”
Obviously, it is likely that Bailey will never play football again, but to know that he is not in a critical condition anymore is enough cause for celebration anyway.