Martavis Bryant conditionally reinstated after drug suspension

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Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant has been conditionally reinstated to the NFL after he spent the entire 2016 season suspended for violation’s of the league’s substance abuse policy.

The NFL informed the Steelers today that Bryant may re-join the team, according to General Manager Kevin Colbert.

“We appreciate that he has taken the necessary steps in an effort to get his personal life in order. We also understand this is just the beginning as he works to return to the team and meet all of the conditions of his reinstatement,” Colbert said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Martavis to ensure that he is mentally and physically prepared to contribute to our efforts on the field, while also maintaining the proper balance to keep his life in order off the field.”

Bryant can participate in team meetings and offseason workouts effective immediately. He will be allowed to participate in training camp practices and preseason games provided that he demonstrates before camp that he has made arrangements to continue drug treatment in Pittsburgh.

Before the regular season the NFL will review his progress, and if he has complied with drug treatment he will be fully reinstated for Week One.

Bryant is a big-play wide receiver who showed great promise before failed drug tests cost him the 2016 season. If he’s fully committed to football, he could be a big part of the Steelers’ offense in 2017.

57 responses to “Martavis Bryant conditionally reinstated after drug suspension

  1. well, lookey there, Pittsburgh gripes about what a hardship it is to not find out about Bryant’s status until after the draft and the league accommodates.

    How many other times have other teams had to wait until after the draft?

  2. This guy is REALLY good. He is a potential 65-yd touchdown on every single play. This news is huge for Pitt’s offense and everyone on it, including Brown and Bell.

  3. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says:
    Apr 25, 2017 4:14 PM
    What about Aldon Smith?
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    Aldon Smith isn’t a Steeler

  4. bengals1974 says:
    Apr 25, 2017 4:06 PM

    If he can stay on the field, that is trouble for the rest of the AFC…
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    Even if he does stay on the field, Ben can’t get it to him anymore.

  5. I’m not a Steelers fan but as a fan of young people turning their lives around to live healthy, happy, and productive lives, I hope this young man is on his way to doing just that.

  6. He should have learned his lesson after the four-game suspension. If he didn’t learn it after this one, his NFL career could go up in smoke.

  7. “How many other times have other teams had to wait until after the draft?”

    Meanwhile Aldon Smith and the Raiders get hosed.

    “Stairway to 7 begins now!

    Book it.”

    Lolz. Whenever someone on this site uses the phrase “book it” they are invariably wrong.

  8. Not a steelers fan but I’m glad he’s going to be back on the field. Steelers O is fun to watch.

  9. If the steelers get homefield advantage? First of all; no chance. 2nd; how’s that worked out in the past? 3rd; The Pats can’t cover Bryant? They held the Falcons offense to 21 in the SBowl while they were throwing up 40+pts on everyone else. Including the Seahawks. The Falcons WR corps is better than the steelers. So is their offense. I don’t care if the game is played on Mars. steelers lose again. Except in the imagination of delusional steeler fans. Still have those rings from 40yrs ago to pine over though. That stat won’t last much longer either. Let’s see if Colbert drafts a couple more meatheads this week.

  10. What about Aldon Smith?
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    Smith is a serial loser. In february of this year, he was yet again the subject of a police investigation, this time domestic violence. He is considered hot, radioactive garbage by 31 teams in the NFL. Only the Raiders dig him.

  11. Bryant is a good guy. Always has been approachable and has owned his issues. He isn’t at the club shooting up the place, but avoids the crowds and gets high.

    I have no problem with guys who smoke. In fact, if you are getting torched by a stoner, that’s on you!

  12. Congrats M.B.! We are happy to have you back!

    Although it’s very good news, I can’t help but be a little nervous with my ‘warm & fuzzy’ feelings about it. Anyone that gets caught using & then continues to use time & time again, putting their whole career in serious jeopardy, has HUGE judgement issues. I would luv to see what this kid can do for the team & himself over a long career. I hope we get the opportunity to see it!

  13. Good news for Pittsburgh! This should help them shave at least a touchdown off their losing margin to the Patriots.

  14. For smoking weed… for crying out loud, NFL. Let them ease the pain.
    Hand out prescription pills like candy but suspend guys for years because they smoke weed.

  15. On the first page of PFT right now, we have a story about a player’s drug suspension being overturned, allegations of a draft prospect’s sexual assault, a story about a player’s relief about not being suspended for a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a former player’s potential suicide note to a gay prison lover, and another prospect having an altercation with a hospital worker which kept him from being invited to the draft.

    All of it is garbage. And it will continue until college recruiters and NFL scouts demand better of the people in the league’s employ. I find it disgusting and vile. And it’s degenerating the league into National Enquirer sewage, and it all occurs because the league apparently can’t understand that hiring despicable human beings–and that’s exactly what they are–is a bad long-term strategy.

  16. finnymcphin says:
    Apr 25, 2017 4:25 PM
    24hoursinaday24beersinacase says:
    Apr 25, 2017 4:14 PM
    What about Aldon Smith?
    ———————————–

    Aldon Smith isn’t a Steeler

    No, Aldon Smith cannot stay out of trouble. He is probably resisting arrest as I write this.

  17. If the steelers get homefield advantage? First of all; no chance. 2nd; how’s that worked out in the past? 3rd; The Pats can’t cover Bryant? They held the Falcons offense to 21 in the SBowl while they were throwing up 40+pts on everyone else. Including the Seahawks. The Falcons WR corps is better than the steelers. So is their offense. I don’t care if the game is played on Mars. steelers lose again. Except in the imagination of delusional steeler fans. Still have those rings from 40yrs ago to pine over though. That stat won’t last much longer either. Let’s see if Colbert drafts a couple more meatheads this week.

    10 13

    Sounds like this Patriot fanboy is nervous about Bryant’s return….don’t you just admire its mature fact filled analysis. I just know this loser won’t be found when the Pat’s lose…….

  18. Wow, that sounds like I’m nervous about the Steelers? The Steelers will beat the Pats in a meaningful game someday. Probably not during the Belichick Brady combo. The deal threat is the Raiders. The Pats will get the #1 seed this year. If they lose more than 2 gms this yr, it will because they’re resting players. I would have shown up at Heinz this yr if it were during a warm month, but New Orleans in Sept sounds better.

  19. In his best year, 2015, he was the 46th best in the league measured by total yards. He’s back. So what. When did he become the second coming of Megatron?

  20. Story, doubled checked, he was 71st in receiving in 2015 according to Profootball reference

  21. A fact filled analysis about FB? I’ll disqualify one person from that right away. The pride of steeler fandom. Make ’em proud drooley. Call me some names.

  22. Two more things. Congrats to MB? For what? He has a small window to use his talent and make millions. But he can’t keep his powder dry? I’ll congratulate him when he stays on the field and becomes a great player that he can be. Not for graduating rehab. Everybody in the NFL knows when the drug testing is coming. Anyone with half a brain can beat it by abstaining for 6 wks before the test in June.

    Should marijuana be legal and not be a violation? Yes, I would agree with that. I don’t partake. But is it a violation of NFL policy now? Yes. And that’s all that matters.

  23. Oh sorry, that’s right. Drooly called me a ‘loser’. I wonder if they’ll ever be a day when this old codger is able to present a cogent argument about FB, instead of copy/paste/insult. Doubtful. His big win is baiting people. steeler pride. You da man drooly. Bed time, angry old man.

  24. He has the ability to be an awesome receiver that can really stretch the field. If he didn’t learn his lesson this year then see you later man! This is your final chance! He is better than Wallace and Ben made Wallace look like a superstar. Wallace is a one route pony but Bryant is a true receiver. If we get the 4 B’s on the field we truly could have home field next year!

  25. Here comes about 1,400 receiving yards and 18 TDs to the Steeler offense this year! Martavis is a huge talent and he seems motivated to succeed.

  26. Funny how a Patriot troll says he doesn’t fear the Steelers and then posts four more fact filled name calling posts ……bait, hook, little fishy flopping on the bottom of the boat. I don’t profess to be a expert as this troll does. I am a casual fan enjoying the game and watching the fanatics that lose all perspective , manners, sense of humility, respect, as theyembarrass themselves here on a daily basis. Time to cut some more bait for the silly fish.

  27. The right and proper move by the NFL. At least they reinstated him before the draft. As I stated previously, it would have been unfair to any team not to do that, not just the Steelers.
    If he can keep his head on straight now, this is a huge boost to the Steelers offense. With Ben, Bell, Brown, Bryant, Coates, Green, James, etc, operating behind one of the best O-lines in the NFL…look out.

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