Rams Player Shot Twice in Head Near Miami: NFL
Stedman Bailey in 'critical, but stable, condition' after Tuesday night shooting
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2015 8:55 AM CST
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans on Aug. 23, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Weston Kenney)

(Newser) – St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey is in "critical, but stable, condition" in a Florida hospital, per a team statement, after he was shot Tuesday night in Miami Gardens, Fla., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. A source confirmed to NFL.com that 25-year-old Bailey was sitting in a car with family members when a car pulled up and someone started shooting; Bailey was hit twice in the head. ESPN adds that the driver of the car—IDed by NFL.com as Bailey's cousin—suffered more serious life-threatening injuries as he tried to shield the kids inside from the bullets raining into the vehicle.

Bailey has been serving a four-game suspension without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, a choice he called "idiotic" and "disgraceful" on Instagram after his suspension was reported, ESPN notes; he served a two-game suspension in the 2014 season for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. He was to have been deemed eligible for "active" status on Dec. 7, CNN reports. Well-wishers from both Bailey's own team and throughout the NFL are taking to social media to send their thoughts, including Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree, who tweeted early Wednesday morning, "Everyone please pray for one of our brother @iamSB3 And his family!!! Terrible news and may God be with him and his family."