Martavis Bryant met with NFL this week in bid for reinstatement

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Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant is still working on getting back on the field after a year-long suspension in 2016.

Bryant was at the league office on Thursday as part of his reinstatement process, Alex Marvez of Sporting News reports. Bryant, who has had multiple violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy, will need to demonstrate to the league that he has taken steps to address his substance abuse issues before he can be reinstated.

If the league’s medical office believes Bryant has taken steps toward recovery, it will recommend that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstate Bryant. Goodell and Bryant will likely have a face-to-face meeting before reinstatement.

Bryant is a talented playmaker who emerged as a big-play receiver when he was available, and getting him back on the field in 2017 would be a big boost to the Steelers’ offense.

17 responses to “Martavis Bryant met with NFL this week in bid for reinstatement

  1. There was no replacing Bryant last season. For the Steelers to have a shot at beating New England, they need to put Brown, Bell, Ben and Bryant on the field at the same time, all at 100 percent. That combination could beat Belichick’s boys, even at home. Missing Bryant was especially painful in the championship game, as he would’ve dominated whoever tried to cover him. Let’s just hope he finally has his head on straight.

  2. For Bryant’s sake I can only hope he learned the lesson he supposedly learned after his previous suspension.

  3. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Apr 15, 2017 1:07 PM
    That combination could beat Belichick’s boys, even at home. Missing Bryant was especially painful in the championship game, as he would’ve dominated whoever tried to cover him.
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    Yeah I tell you what, Bryant and Brown together totally would have shut Brady down. There’s no way he would have gone 32-42/374 3/0 with Bryant suited up, no sir. lol

  4. maust1013 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 5:13 PM

    Yeah I tell you what, Bryant and Brown together totally would have shut Brady down. There’s no way he would have gone 32-42/374 3/0 with Bryant suited up, no sir. lol
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    Congratulations on being yet another Einstein to miss the point completely. The fact is, the Steelers WRs dropped 120 yards worth of passes and left at least 14 points on the field. Those goofs had nothing to do with the play of the New England defense. The Steelers scored 17 so do the math, bright guy. That means they score in the 30s if not for the green receiving crew that let Roethlisberger down. So even with Brady scoring what he did this is a close contest.

    Clutch guys like Bryant don’t drop the ball like Hamilton did in the end zone. His combo of size and speed means you couldn’t bump him off the line like they did with Brown. It’s a different game with him in there. Completely.

  5. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Apr 15, 2017 5:54 PM

    Congratulations on being yet another Einstein to miss the point completely.
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    Talk about missing the boat. The point remains the Steelers lost that game on D. NE spent the 4th quarter coasting and clock killing. You can make up whatever math you please but it was your D and the absence of Bell that did them in

  6. Anyway, should Bryant be reinstated the Steelers have the chance at getting a passing attack that features Brown, Bryant, Coates at #3 plus a high draft choice tight end like Njoku or Engram. That would be devastating. Combined with Bell this could be the most potent offense they’ve had since the ’70s.

  7. maust1013 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 6:24 PM

    Talk about missing the boat. The point remains the Steelers lost that game on D. NE spent the 4th quarter coasting and clock killing. You can make up whatever math you please but it was your D and the absence of Bell that did them in
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    You need to go watch the game tape. The difference in that game was that Brady’s receivers didn’t let him down like Roethlisberger’s. Here’s a summary:

    1. Hamilton drops one TD pass that hits him right between the numbers.
    2. Hamilton also takes another TD off the board by stepping in and out of bounds for no reason before catching the ball in the end zone.
    3. Coates drops a perfect bomb in stride early in the game that takes at least 3 more points off the board.

    That’s anywhere from 14 to 17 points off the board. Again, what was the final score? And don’t tell me New England wasn’t trying to score all the way through the 4th, they rarely play turtle ball.

    Roethlisberger lit up your D the whole game, only dumb drops stopped him. He had 314 yards, it easily could’ve been 420 considering all the drops. So even with the Steelers D flopping like it did, this becomes a shootout simply if Steeler WRs hold the ball. Am I guaranteeing the Steelers win? No, but they sure have a shot — even with Bell out of the game.

    Then there’s the momentum swings and mental factors that come from one team blowing scoring opportunities. The fact is this game was a lot different that what the scoreboard showed.

  8. The offense is fine when healthy. Bryant and Ladarius Green will help tremendously when they come back as will a healthy heyward on d. The defense needs to continue to work on it’s secondary and hope we can draft a stud outside linebacker.

  9. steelcurtainn says:
    Apr 15, 2017 6:47 PM

    The offense is fine when healthy. Bryant and Ladarius Green will help tremendously when they come back as will a healthy heyward on d. The defense needs to continue to work on it’s secondary and hope we can draft a stud outside linebacker.
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    IF Green sees the field again. He’s been awesome when he’s been in there, which wasn’t often enough. I was just hoping he could play against New England because Green raised the passing game to a whole new level. Too bad he was such a china doll.

    Bryant’s the best #2 receiver in football. If you could field a passing attack of Brown, Bryant, Coates and Green at TE that would be unstoppable. I’ll believe in Green though when I see him play consistently though.

  10. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Apr 15, 2017 6:46 PM

    You need to go watch the game tape.

    And don’t tell me New England wasn’t trying to score all the way through the 4th, they rarely play turtle ball.
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    I don’t engage in revisionist history and you aren’t name calling and interacting with some fanboy. New England’s D played like they usually do against high octane offenses, they played bend don’t break. The fact remains the Pittsburgh D lost that game but if you insist on putting scoring under the microscope then be honest rather than revisionist, 8 of the 17 points Pittsburgh did score came in garbage time.

    I was at that game. I have watched the all 22 and full game many times since. I don’t need to go back to them to tell you Brady only had 6 pass attempts in the 4th quarter and many 2nd and 3rd string defensive players were being rotated in during the Steelers last few series. Unless it’s against Indy, as a rule when Brady isn’t throwing the ball the Pats are coasting, lol.

  11. Wow, if no Steelers ever got suspended or injured, if they never fumbled, threw 0 ints, didn’t make any bonehead plays or mental errors, no drops, never got penalized and were well coached and had some discipline on the team, they’d probably win all their gms. Why don’t they just do that? They’d lose to the Pats anyway.

  12. steelcurtainn says:
    Apr 15, 2017 6:47 PM
    The offense is fine when healthy. Bryant and Ladarius Green will help tremendously when they come back as will a healthy heyward on d. The defense needs to continue to work on it’s secondary and hope we can draft a stud outside linebacker.
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    The Steelers offense is more than fine when healthy, it is downright scary. Brown and Bell are as good as there is right now and anyone that can’t see that Roethlisberger is still playing at an elite level is looking through a less than objective pair of fanboy glasses.

  13. Never trust dudes that can’t give “it” up for their team. Never, ever.

    Good luck if this cat comes back, again. You can’t count on him.

    Justin Blackmon. Josh Gordon.

    The beat goes on.

  14. p.s. the above should read bend-but-don’t-break but the point is the same.

    I don’t kid myself about my team. I expected them to give up points, but I also expected them to keep up reasonably with a shot to pull it out at the end. If the receivers hold on to catchable balls that’s exactly what would’ve happened. Apparently though the no-name guys they had in there besides Brown just weren’t up to the task in the big game. That was the story more than anything, including the toasted Steeler pass D.

  15. Bryant’s the best #2 receiver in football. If you could field a passing attack of Brown, Bryant, Coates and Green at TE that would be unstoppable. I’ll believe in Green though when I see him play consistently though.
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    ampats, I agree with all your points. Besides being healthy, I think the steelers can totally use home field advantage. I think its hurt them to a point. Not that they can’t win on the road but they seem to play much better at home. I’m tired of seeing New England coast thru the weak afc east every year with homefield. Funny how new england plays on the road and most the of time they lose. The Steelers need to lock up home field next season.

  16. steelcurtainn says:
    Apr 17, 2017 11:52 AM
    I’m tired of seeing New England coast thru the weak afc east every year with homefield. Funny how new england plays on the road and most the of time they lose.
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    I am no Pats fan but that is straight up nonsense. New England was undefeated on the road last year and that included wins against your team and mine. Brady/Belichick’s win percentage is higher against the AFC north than it is against the AFC east. They sweep your division about as often as they sweep ours. I may root against them with a passion twice a year but I still have no problem respecting what they do.

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