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WR Stedman Bailey back practice for Rams, expected to play vs Cowboys

St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis (9) tries to escape the grasp of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston (92) during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis (9) tries to escape the grasp of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston (92) during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)  (The Associated Press)

Stedman Bailey emerged as a consistent threat late in his rookie season and the St. Louis Rams anticipate plugging the wide receiver back into the mix right away this weekend against Dallas.

Bailey served half of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. He was at home in Miami when he learned about the agreement on a new policy and took the first plane out Wednesday, arriving in time for practice.

Coach Jeff Fisher said Bailey was eager to return to the fold and had no rust. Bailey could replace former West Virginia teammate Tavon Austin, who injured his right knee in Sunday's victory at Tampa Bay.

Quarterback Shaun Hill (left quadriceps) was limited and Fisher said backup Austin Davis took virtually all of the first-team snaps.