Mike Tomlin: “No idea” when NFL will clear Martavis Bryant to practice

AP

Something strange is going on with Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant.

In April, the league reinstated Bryant. He was immediately cleared to participate in the offseason program. As to training camp and the preseason, here are the terms of Bryant’s reinstatement, as articulated by the team: “Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Bryant’s clinical resources in Pittsburgh, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games.” (Not “may be” or “could be,” but “will be.”)

Unless the Steelers were misinformed and the league never bothered to correct the the team’s comments, this should be a very simply proposition. Either “arrangements have been confirmed regarding Bryant’s clinical resources in Pittsburgh,” or they haven’t been. There’s no middle ground.

It’s possible that Bryant believes he has complied, and the league believes he hasn’t. But Bryant is backed by a billion-dollar business with every incentive either to convince the league that Bryant has complied or to figure out what he needs to do, and do it.

So where does it currently stand? Via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that he has “no idea” when Bryant will be cleared.

Given the incredibly simple, up-or-down, yes-or-no standard for reinstatement, how could this be? It suggests that something more is going on here.

I don’t know that. I haven’t heard that. I wasn’t winking or nodding while I typed that. But common sense suggests that something has happened to complicate what should have been uncomplicated.

28 responses to “Mike Tomlin: “No idea” when NFL will clear Martavis Bryant to practice

  1. I’m no lawyer, but it would suggest that arrangements have NOT been confirmed regarding Bryant’s clinical resources in Pittsburgh.

    While it would be unbelievably uncharacteristic for the Steeler organization to not confirm these details, or make sure that Bryant or his agent not confirm these details to the NFL, it’s the only evidence we have to support the ongoing suspension.

  2. Roger has a 3% approval rating with fams but has the support of 31/32 owners…

    Its the reason incompetence in the league office like Blandeno is tolerated.

    The moment revenues go down the owners will drop him and we will get reform.

  3. It’s one thing for the fans/media to be out of the loop, but it’s pretty unbelievable that player and organization are as much in the dark as we are.

    The NFL, where suspensions last as long as Roger wants them to.

  4. Roger has a 3% approval rating with fams but has the support of 31/32 owners…

    Its the reason incompetence in the league office like Blandeno is tolerated.

    The moment revenues go down the owners will drop him and we will get reform.
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    Bryant’s situation has absolutely nothing to do with Goodell. Isn’t he the same commish that reinstated Greg Hardy and Josh Gordon? Clearly Bryant either hasn’t complied with his reinstatement requirements or he flunked another test of some kind.

  5. I don’t think it’s out of the question that Tomlin is being honest and he literally has no idea what’s going on. In fact, I think it’s likely that he has no idea what’s going on.

  6. have absolutely no love for Goodell or the office but this is obviously entirely on Bryant. If it wasn’t he’d be screaming from the rooftops and if not him at least Antonia Bryant would be.

    Face it Pittsburgh fans – he screwed up again.

  7. Tomlin may have been honest about his ignorance of the issue – after all, he didn’t know the NFL rather than the Pats control the headphones, he didn’t know that the Pats D’s goal-line shift was legal (despite his own D also using it that season against Miami), otherwise he wouldn’t have broken NFL integrity rules to publicly complain to the media about these things. And he didn’t know that stepping onto the field and putting his foot out in front of an opposition player running the length of the sideline could be seen as an attempt to trip the guy…

  8. I’m guessing Bryant attended something like Uncle Willy’s online substance abuse counselling and the NFL is not accepting it.

  9. Nice player friendly CBA you got there.

    After a year we can randomly decide when to let you back in.

    At least they got a few less practices in the deal, right?

  10. LOL, real shocker there….Captain obvious stating he has no idea what’s going on….I’m pretty sure that same thought runs through his mind several times a game as he continues to foment the facade that he actually knows what’s he’s doing as an NFL head coach!

  11. What do you expect from 345 Park Ave.?

    Consistency? Never going to happen under Roger.

  12. Lot of blame on the Commish and the league. Bryant was reinstated with conditions and clearly he has not met them. How is that anyone but Bryant’s fault?

  13. Word is the league is just waiting for the doctors and counselors assigned to Bryant to hand in their paperwork. Much ado about nothing.

  14. Why doesn’t Art Rooney II just pick up the phone and call Goodell and ask what the problem is?

  15. realoldguy says:
    August 9, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    Why doesn’t Art Rooney II just pick up the phone and call Goodell and ask what the problem is?

    That thought has crossed my mind several times since this first started, but including the coach and GM….especially the GM. Not quite buying the notion that the organization knows absolutely nothing.

  16. Gee Tomlin says he has no idea when Bryant will be reinstated, one would think the head coach would make it his business to find out exactly what the situation is regarding one of the important pieces of his offensive game plan will be allowed to practice with the rest of the team.

  17. Lot of blame on the Commish and the league. Bryant was reinstated with conditions and clearly he has not met them. How is that anyone but Bryant’s fault?

    you dont know that there you go making assumptions without any facts to support your theory. in all likelihood its probably Goodell just being a deucebag, nothing new there.

  18. As much as I hate the Ste(A)lers mostly since the robbery in 2005/06, this veil over discipline is just baffling.

    which robbery are you referring to:
    the Willie Parker 75 yd touchdown run
    the 42 yd touchdown pass from Randle El to Hines Ward
    the interception by Ike Taylor at the Steelers 8 yd line
    oh wait I almost forgot the 3 dropped passes by Seattle tight end one that was a sure touchdown

  19. steelercrazy says:
    August 9, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Word is the league is just waiting for the doctors and counselors assigned to Bryant to hand in their paperwork. Much ado about nothing.
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    Then why doesn’t someone share the word with the Steelers organization?

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