Martavis Bryant was yanked from practice just before it started on Friday night

AP

Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant has yet to do whatever the league thinks he has to do in order to obtain clearance to return to practice after a substance abuse suspension that has kept him out of action for more than a year. But he apparently thought he had dotted all i’s and crossed all t’s as of Friday evening.

Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Bryant entered Latrobe Memorial Stadium on Friday night dressed in his practice gear and ready to participate. However, G.M. Kevin Colbert intervened, telling Bryant he could not participate.

Coach Mike Tomlin declined to explain why Bryant thought he’d be permitted to practice.

“I have nothing new on that front,” Tomlin said, via Fittipaldo. “He’s doing everything he can to cooperate with the New York as are we. We’re just waiting for the final word from those guys.”

It’s still not clear what Bryant needs to do. In a separate article, Fittipaldo explains that the league is prepared to let Bryant practice “once he satisfies requirements.” The only requirement mentioned when Bryant was conditionally reinstated in April related to the making of arrangements for ongoing rehab in Pittsburgh.

The possible explanations are fairly limited. One, he hasn’t complied with that requirement. Two, he believes he has and the league believes he hasn’t, or at a minimum hasn’t determined that he has. Three, something else is going on that we don’t yet know about.

If I were currently hanging out in the future home of the Raiders, I’d be tempted to slide my chips toward No. 3.

32 responses to “Martavis Bryant was yanked from practice just before it started on Friday night

  1. Roger Goodell screws up a LOT — over and over and OVER again. A notable example involved his handling of the Ray Rice fiasco.

    And yet he pulls down 40,000,000.00+ a year — and is NEVER suspended.

    For a guy who is responsible for such a long list of inexcusable mistakes, Goodell certainly is merciless when someone else has a mis-step.

  2. It is ironic that the NFL is constantly moving the goalposts on these indefinite suspensions.

  3. Instead of Steeler fans chiding Pats fans on their backup quarterback, perhaps they should focus on the parade of clowns they march onto the field year in and year out.

  4. Martavis Bryant forgot to say “Mother May I?” and the 3rd graders in New York are not happy.

  5. paulieorkid says:
    August 5, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Roger Goodell screws up a LOT — over and over and OVER again. A notable example involved his handling of the Ray Rice fiasco.

    And yet he pulls down 40,000,000.00+ a year — and is NEVER suspended.

    For a guy who is responsible for such a long list of inexcusable mistakes, Goodell certainly is merciless when someone else has a mis-step.”

    You do realize that Roger Goodell has his job via the owners of the NFL teams? That’s right, that’s who his bosses are. Suffice it to say that if he retains his job and never gets reprimanded then you can be sure that a good majority of the football owners are extremely happy with his performance. Revenue keeps going up despite what kind of job you think Goodell is doing.

  6. The process should be black and white. It shouldn’t be this complicated.

    If, say, you get a DUI, I’m sure there’s an outline for all of the steps that you need to complete prior to getting your license reinstated. To not have a clearly defined outline for what a player needs to accomplish to be reinstated is incomprehensible. It’s lazy, disorganized, incompetent and unprofessional.

  7. There needs to be a clear cut way of dealing with these suspensions. Right now the only person that knows if a player can play or not is Roger and it seems he doesnt even know 90% of the time so he just says NO.

    The players dont know the coachs dont know the fans really dont know, when a player can actually play again. suspensions end and a player is eligible and months go by with no word from Roger. its really stupid and has to be very frustrating for the player.

  8. webbiewebs3 says:

    You do realize that Roger Goodell has his job via the owners of the NFL teams? That’s right, that’s who his bosses are. Suffice it to say that if he retains his job and never gets reprimanded then you can be sure that a good majority of the football owners are extremely happy with his performance. Revenue keeps going up despite what kind of job you think Goodell is doing.

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    Besides the fact that ratings were down last year, revenue and the job that Goodell does aren’t entrely related. The product sells itself and the NFL has plenty of issues on many levels from Kaepernick down to marijuana. There is absolutely no reason the Steelers or Cowboys aren’t aware of the status of Bryant or the Elliott case.

    You’re right, the owners are essentially his boss and I’d say there aren’t quite a few few that aren’t happy with his or performance (i.e. Bob Craft).

  9. webbiewebs3 says:

    You do realize that Roger Goodell has his job via the owners of the NFL teams? That’s right, that’s who his bosses are. Suffice it to say that if he retains his job and never gets reprimanded then you can be sure that a good majority of the football owners are extremely happy with his performance. Revenue keeps going up despite what kind of job you think Goodell is doing.
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    Roger Goodell was elected to the commissioner’s post by the skin of his teeth, and has alienated a number of owners during his tenure. As has already been mentioned, he’s in charge of a cash cow, but has still managed to blow it on several issues, resulting in declining viewership and ticket sales. But that’s neither here nor there. As the consumers who generate that massive ad revenue and those ticket and merchandise sales, we’ll continue to criticize the arbitrary way he wields his power even if the owners think he’s the greatest thing since the moon landing. Owners have been known to be wrong.

  10. Deb says:
    August 5, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    webbiewebs3 says:
    You do realize that Roger Goodell has his job via the owners of the NFL teams? That’s right, that’s who his bosses are. Suffice it to say that if he retains his job and never gets reprimanded then you can be sure that a good majority of the football owners are extremely happy with his performance. Revenue keeps going up despite what kind of job you think Goodell is doing.

    ************************************
    The NFL just set a new all time record for revenue last year. Patriots’ fans will criticize Goodell or any other commissioner who catches them cheating, but everyone else loves him.
    ————————————————————————————————————
    Roger Goodell was elected to the commissioner’s post by the skin of his teeth, and has alienated a number of owners during his tenure. As has already been mentioned, he’s in charge of a cash cow, but has still managed to blow it on several issues, resulting in declining viewership and ticket sales. But that’s neither here nor there. As the consumers who generate that massive ad revenue and those ticket and merchandise sales, we’ll continue to criticize the arbitrary way he wields his power even if the owners think he’s the greatest thing since the moon landing. Owners have been known to be wrong.

  11. finnymcphin says:
    August 5, 2017 at 3:52 pm
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Compliance vs noncompliance is not difficult to define or resolve. There must be something behind door number 3.

  12. citizenstrange says:
    August 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    Mike Tomlin runs a pretty tight ship over there. LOLZ

    20 9 Rate This

    You do realize the Ravens lead the league in drug suspensions since the new policy has been put into place right?

  13. The player friendly drug program ,union negotiated ,is loaded with confidentiality clauses so what you don’t know is what you don’t know.

  14. There is another possibility and that is that he failed another test, like he has many times in the past to get himself suspended for more than a year. He could have done something else to make his case less than appealing for reinstatement because it wouldn’t take much. A DUI, an altercation, or something else that reflects negatively upon him would leave his reinstatement in doubt.

    Until the real truth comes out all the takes on this is pure speculation.

  15. “There is another possibility and that is that he failed another test, like he has many times in the past to get himself suspended for more than a year. He could have done something else to make his case less than appealing for reinstatement because it wouldn’t take much. A DUI, an altercation, or something else that reflects negatively upon him would leave his reinstatement in doubt.

    Until the real truth comes out all the takes on this is pure speculation.”

    Sure, but why the need for secrecy from any source?

    If the Steelers really don’t know the situation around his reinstatement while we’re in training camp just over a month from opening kickoff, that’s just unacceptable. Everybody is in camp getting ready. The season has started. Test him, set conditions (with deadlines), run him through the hoops, test him again, and pass/fail him. It’s not that hard.

    If the Steelers do know where he’s at, what’s there to gain by not making it public? If he failed another test and is going to be out longer, you might as well break the news. Gamesmanship isn’t going to give them any advantages the first week of August. It’s not like they don’t want to tip their cap for the big preseason opener.

  16. I’m not putting this guy on my fantasy team. I only want high character guys or low character guys as long as they’re not going to be suspended.

  17. charliecharger says:
    August 5, 2017 at 5:02 pm
    Deb says:
    August 5, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    webbiewebs3 says:
    You do realize that Roger Goodell has his job via the owners of the NFL teams? That’s right, that’s who his bosses are. Suffice it to say that if he retains his job and never gets reprimanded then you can be sure that a good majority of the football owners are extremely happy with his performance. Revenue keeps going up despite what kind of job you think Goodell is doing.

    ************************************
    The NFL just set a new all time record for revenue last year. Patriots’ fans will criticize Goodell or any other commissioner who catches them cheating, but everyone else loves him.

    ——————————————————————————————————————————

    Well, charlie, you’re definitely new to PFT or you’d know I’m a diehard Steelers fan who’s been around here since before we were required to play nice in our responses. As for “everyone else” loving Goodell … well, maybe all the Chargers fans in LA.

  18. blacknyellablacknyella says:
    The process should be black and white. It shouldn’t be this complicated.

    If, say, you get a DUI, I’m sure there’s an outline for all of the steps that you need to complete prior to getting your license reinstated. To not have a clearly defined outline for what a player needs to accomplish to be reinstated is incomprehensible. It’s lazy, disorganized, incompetent and unprofessional.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I say get the NFL out of the business of disciplining players for crimes and social issues. They are not a police force or a court system. They are a group of sports teams offering entertainment to the general public. Imagine a group of Broadway theaters suspending actors, singers or dancers. If the public objects (strongly enough) to an organization employing an entertainer, don’t employ that person. Get another entertainer.

    The NFL should only be disciplining personnel for violations of football issues that affect the fairness of games.

  19. JuJu Smith Schuster. I think this is why he was drafted. Martavis isn’t coming back

  20. Or 4 he set up the treatment stuff and has been going but hasnt being doing what hes suppose to do wbile there. I had to do that stuff for probation as a kid and even though I went to the classes I wasnt really playing along. Well guess what probation found out and what started out as 6 months of “treatment” ended up being 2 years.

    Part of his reinstatement probably requires him to allow the nfl to get updates from the treatment center. So theres a chance that what ever he is or isn’t doing in treatment is forcing the nfl to reconsider granting him a conditional reinstatement.

    By the way the guy is way overrated anyway. People talk about his return like Josh Norman is coming back. The guy is at max an average number 2 wr. I doubt people would be talking this much about Jordan Matthews and how great of an impact he was gonna make(even tho hes consistently out produced bryant) if it was him possibly returning after constantly getting in trouble instead of Bryant.

    I get it tho every steelers wr is a steal n a superstar. Even tho Brown is actually the only theyve gotten.

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