Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is back to work following a four-game suspension for failing drug tests.
“I am confident that it won’t happen again,” Bryant told reporters Monday. “My issues are behind me now.”
The Steelers knew Bryant’s suspension was coming and have had concerns about his issues, but the team was on board with Bryant training out of state during his suspension and spending time with ex-NBA coach turned counselor John Lucas.
“I really learned a lot about myself and how to keep myself out of trouble,” Bryant said of his experience with Lucas.
From a football standpoint, the Steelers welcome Bryant back. The team brought Bryant along slowly as a rookie, but after being inactive for the first six games he quickly became one of the league’s top deep threats. Bryant caught eight touchdown passes and averaged 21.1 yards per reception.
His presence should immediately boost an offense that has Michael Vick at quarterback for at least the next three games due to Ben Roethlisberger’s knee injury. Le’Veon Bell served a two-game suspension to start the season, and Vick played last week on a short week of preparation due to the Steelers playing on Thursday night. The Steelers play next Monday at San Diego, and Bryant should be a part of the game plan.
“Martavis looked motivated, looked strong,” Vick said of his first practice action with Bryant. “He’s very impressive right now.”