Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Receiver's Shooting Hits Home St. Louis' Bailey Stable after Surgery

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Receiver's Shooting Hits Home St. Louis' Bailey Stable after Surgery

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Steelers running back Isaiah Pead was hanging out at the home of teammate Terence Garvin Tuesday night when their visit was interrupted by a phone call. On the other end of the call was Stedman Bailey, Pead's former St. Louis Rams teammate and Garvin's former teammate at West Virginia.

Pead and Bailey talked about life, family and football. It was no different than any other phone call between friends catching up after life separated them. Pead was drafted by St. Louis in 2012 and showed the ropes to Bailey, a third-round pick one year later. They are more than friends. Pead refers to Bailey as his "brother."

So when news broke an hour later that Bailey was shot twice in the head and was in a Miami-area hospital, Pead and Garvin were in shock.

"I had just literally talked to him an hour before, him and everyone who was in the incident," said Pead, who signed with the Steelers earlier this month after the Rams released him. "It's kind of unreal. I had just spoken with him. I'm hearing he'll pull through and be OK. I'm just praying for the best."

Garvin and Bailey were part of the same recruiting class at West Virginia. They lived across the hall from one another when they were freshmen.

"That hurt my heart when I heard," said Garvin, a fourth-year linebacker. "I don't really know what's going on, but that's always scary to hear about someone you know getting shot. And that's someone I really know."

Bailey was in intensive care in stable condition after four to six hours of surgery Wednesday, according to Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who said he didn't anticipate Bailey returning to play this season. According to news reports, he was in a car with four others, including two minors, when the shooting took place. Another man in the car was also shot and in critical but stable condition.

Bailey was away from the Rams and in Miami, where he grew up and attended high school, because he is serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. …

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