One of the few benefits of Thursday night games for NFL players is the weekend time off, and the Rams made the most of theirs Saturday.
Coming off a win over the Buccaneers, several Rams players traveled to a Miami-area hospital Saturday morning to pay a visit to teammate Stedman Bailey, who has been hospitalized since being shot twice in the head on Nov. 24.
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The team posted on its official Twitter account the following photo, which was first posted to Instagram by cornerback Trumaine Johnson:
The players in the picture are wide receiver Tavon Austin, Johnson, defensive tackle Michael Brockers, running back Todd Gurley, defensive end Eugene Sims, linebacker Mark Barron, running back Benny Cunningham and safety Rodney McLeod. ESPN reported that, according to Austin, he and his teammates planned the trip earlier this week. Austin and Bailey played together as receivers at West Virginia prior to being drafted by the Rams in 2013.
Bailey, who reportedly had spoken with the team via FaceTime prior to Thursday night's game, responded with his own tweet to express his gratitude for the visit.
According to police, Bailey was in a car with family in Miami Gardens on Nov. 24 when another vehicle approached and opened fire, hitting Bailey twice in the head and hitting his cousin, the driver, several times. The others in the car with Bailey were uninjured. There has not yet been an arrest in the case.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said recently that Bailey's NFL career likely is over, but Bailey tweeted last week that he'll “be back in no time.” Either way, he clearly has the support of his St. Louis teammates.