Bryant (suspension) could be reinstated by the NFL soon, ESPN.com reports. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Bryant's season-long suspension for repeated violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. He applied for reinstatement in January, and while there's no reason to think his request will be denied, the NFL often takes a few weeks to finalize these matters while ensuring the player has met all the agreed upon terms. The Steelers have stood by Bryant throughout this process, hoping he can re-emerge as an ideal No. 2 receiver next to the smaller Antonio Brown. The 25-year-old has 76 receptions for 1,314 yards (17.3 YPR) and 14 touchdowns in only 21 career regular-season games, with 10 of his catches (13.2 percent) going for 40 or more yards. Bryant reportedly put on 15 pounds while working out in Nevada during the 2016 season. It sounds like it's mostly good weight, but if not, he'll have plenty of time to shed some pounds before training camp.
Still under suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Bryant officially applied for reinstatement Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houstin Chronicle reports. This news is unsurprising, as Bryant just became eligible to apply for his reinstatement. The 25-year-old has not played in a regular season game since 2015, but has demonstrated excellent play-making when he has been able to take the field. In 21 career games the 6-foot-4 211-pounder has reached paydirt 14 times, while averaging 17.3 yards per reception.
Bryant -- who remains under suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy -- is eligible to apply for reinstatement this month, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. For his part, coach Mike Tomlin noted "obviously I am hopeful for that reinstatement...but I am in a wait-and-see mentality." With that in mind, Tomlin suggested that Bryant's status won't affect the Steelers' offseason approach in free agency or the draft. The 25-year-old Bryant hasn't played in a regular season game since 2015, but over the course of the 21 contests that the playmaking wideout did play in over the course of the 2014 and 2015 seasons, the 6-foot-4 211-pounder hauled in 14 TD passes, while averaging 17.3 yards per catch.
Bryant (suspension) has yet to apply for reinstatement, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Bryant's agent, Thomas Santanello, confirmed as much Tuesday, yet he added the wideout intends to do so in the next two weeks. Even after he files the requisite paperwork, there's no guarantee that Bryant's suspension will be lifted at the earliest possible date (or mid-March). More than likely, the NFL will take their time to ensure he's completed everything asked of him during his second suspension for a violation of the policy on substances of abuse.
Bryant (suspension) applied for reinstatement Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports. Bryant, who is suspended for the entirety of the 2016-17 season, is hoping to return to the Steelers next season. Should his reinstatement be granted, he'll likely compete for a spot behind Antonio Brown on the depth chart before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Look for more updates on his status to come throughout the offseason.
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