NFL finally reinstates Martavis Bryant for training camp, preseason

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The NFL finally has made a decision about Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant. There’s now only one more decision to make.

The Steelers have announced that the league has informed Bryant that he may participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games.

The next question is whether Bryant will be reinstated for the start of the regular season.

The reinstatement of Bryant, which occurred in April, authorized Bryant to participate in the offseason program and conditioned training camp and preseason participation on Bryant making appropriate clinical arrangements in Pittsburgh for ongoing drug treatment. The league didn’t reinstate him before the start of camp, and no one seemed to have any details about what should have been a simple he-did-or-he-didn’t proposition.

Five days ago, Bryant actually suited up for practice before being stopped from taking the field by G.M. Kevin Colbert. Bryant now has the green light to practice and to play in the preseason.

He last played in the 2015 postseason, with a minimum suspension of one year being imposed not long after the team’s season ended.

26 responses to “NFL finally reinstates Martavis Bryant for training camp, preseason

  1. If the league wants to stipulate deadlines or stages to this, that’s their prerogative, but they could at least communicate deadlines so people (namely, the team and/or players involved) know what’s going on and to make the process transparent.

    Oh, and the new format for PFT blows.

  2. I think the NFL owes the Steelers, the player, and the fans, some kind of explanation as to exactly what went on here:

  3. Obviously keeping the pressure on as long as possible. Making sure he’s grown up enough to at least deal with this in a mature fashion.
    May not be “fair play”, but for a guy who’s messed up time after time, I’d say it’s appropriate.

  4. The delay was unreasonable but the league isn’t going to start explaining itself at this point because it will become expected and they have no intention of giving any info they do not have to, particularly with the Elliot business looming.

  5. Bryant should be able to participate. Suspensions for weed need to be scaled back or eliminated.

  6. Just reinstate the guy already. Pretend it’s 2017. By 2025 marijuana will probably be prescribed by doctors more than any other drug in the world. R.J. Reynolds, Anheuser Busch, Johnson & Johnson, and the prison guard’s union don’t want to hear that, but it’s true.

  7. I just hope for all our personal safety that he never ever smokes weed ever again. Also how does the NFL justify treating guys like the way they did Martavis and then openly talk about looking into the benefits of marijuana as pain management?

  8. If he is good to go for the season, that offense spreads out for the better. Will take pressure off Brown and Bell. I smell playoffs again.

  9. First… weed suspensions are a joke.

    That said… I get a laugh out of the hypocrisy of pittsburgh steelers fans.
    Crying about how unfair it is.

    They attack everyone without taking the responsibility for their team’s offenses.

    How about cleaning up your house?!?

    The pittsburgh steelers have had 5 players suspended for substance abuse since 2014.
    The baltimore ravens have had 6 players suspended for substance abuse since 2014.
    The Cincinnati Bengals have had 1 players suspended for substance abuse since 2014.

    I’m gonna leave Cleveland out of this.

  10. doctorrustbelt says:

    August 9, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    First… weed suspensions are a joke.

    That said… I get a laugh out of the hypocrisy of pittsburgh steelers fans.
    Crying about how unfair it is.

    They attack everyone without taking the responsibility for their team’s offenses.

    How about cleaning up your house?!?

    The pittsburgh steelers have had 5 players suspended for substance abuse since 2014.
    The baltimore ravens have had 6 players suspended for substance abuse since 2014.
    The Cincinnati Bengals have had 1 players suspended for substance abuse since 2014.

    I’m gonna leave Cleveland out of this.
    __________________
    So what you are saying is Baltimore is still worse than us. Also it was 3 players suspended 5 times one of which is no longer on the team.

  11. justtherealfacts says:
    August 9, 2017 at 8:37 pm
    The most dominant big bodied wr in the nfl has just taken the field baby! Everything has just changed in the AFC!

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    True, now the Steelers stand a better chance against the Raiders and the Chiefs for the right to lose to New England in the playoffs.

  12. Mike Florio says:
    August 9, 2017 at 11:44 pm
    There’s a search icon up above now.
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    That’s nice. Any chance the contact us link will ever work again and the comment deletion rate will be cut down?

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