Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant reinstated
PITTSBURGH — Martavis Bryant can join the Pittsburgh Steelers again.
The indefinitely suspended wide receiver was reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday, ending a year-long absence from the team and the league that began last March after he repeatedly failed drug tests
Bryant had already been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season before breaking NFL rules to the point where he skipped past a 10-game suspension and to a year-plus suspension.
As of Monday around noon, the Steelers hadn’t heard about the league’s decision on Bryant’s application for reinstatement, which was filed in January. The team knew Bryant had met with the league, yet there was no official decision on the receiver who had caught 76 passes for 1,314 yards and 14 touchdowns in 21 games across two seasons in the league.
Pittsburgh planned on drafting as though he wasn’t part of the team, general manager Kevin Colbert said Monday.
But on Tuesday the NFL formally ended a 13-month spell away from the team. In that time, the Steelers struggled to establish clear No. 2 receiver behind Antonio Brown and Bryant lived outside of Las Vegas, barred from having contact with the team.
He returned to football-specific training last fall and became a father again in March.
Colbert issued the following statement on Bryant’s return to the league and the team:
“Martavis Bryant has followed the protocol and has been conditionally reinstated by the National Football League. We appreciate that he was taken the necessary steps in an effort to get his personal life in order. We also understand this is just the beginning as he works to return to the team and meet all of the conditions of his reinstatement.
“We look forward to working with Martavis to ensure that he is mentally and physically prepared to contribute to our efforts on the field, while also maintaining the proper balance to keep his life in order off the field.” –Kevin Colbert, Steelers general manager
He is now allowed to join the team for voluntary offseason workouts, which have already begun.
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