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Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant set to return in Week 5
Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant will be eligible to play in Week 5 against the Chargers after serving his four-game suspension, the New Pittsburgh Courier reports.Bryant was sidelined for the Steelers' first four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Now eligible to play again, Bryant figures to add deep threat to Pittsburgh's offense, as he averaged 21.1 yards per catch during his eight-touchdown rookie campaign last season.While the Steelers offense will remain without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee) in Week 5, having Bryant available gives backup Mike Vick another playmaker at his disposal.
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
NFL upholds four-game suspension for Steelers WR Martavis Bryant
Martavis Bryant will be suspended for the first four games of the season, as the player's appeal was denied Monday, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bryant violated the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and his absence will leave the Steelers short-handed as they open the season next Thursday without Bryant and star running back Le'Veon Bell, who will also be serving a substance-abuse suspension. "We are disappointed in Martavis' actions that has led to his four-game suspension," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. "It is a disappointment to our entire organization as well as our fans, but we will continue to support Martavis during his suspension. It is very unfortunate his actions have put our team in this situation to begin the year, but we are confident he will learn from his mistake and return in excellent shape in Week 5." Bryant had a breakout campaign in the second half of last season, grabbing 26 catches for 549 yards and eight touchdowns.
by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer
Report: Steelers WR Martavis Bryant facing four-game suspension
Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, league sources told ESPN. The suspension is under appeal. Bryant emerged as a reliable threat in the Steelers' passing game after Week 6 in 2014 -- his rookie campaign. He had at least one touchdown catch in his first four games as a pro. For the season, he totaled 26 catches for 549 yards and eight touchdowns. In a playoff loss to the Ravens, the 2014 fourth-round pick had five catches for 61 yards and one touchdown.
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (elbow) is out of cast
Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is out of a cast and worked out prior to Sunday's Hall of Fame Game for the first time since having a procedure for an elbow infection, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
Report: Steelers' Martavis Bryant to undergo elbow procedure
Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is expected to undergo a procedure for an infection on his elbow. Bryant is expected to miss about 10 days, and will not be available for the upcoming Hall-of-Fame game, according to FoxSports.com.
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
Steelers WR Martavis Bryant leaves Thursday's practice with illness
Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant was forced to leave Thursday's practice after he became ill, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bryant had to be carted off the field, but is reportedly doing fine. He is expected to compete for the No. 2 wide receiver role.
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
Martavis Bryant will get 'every opportunity' to be No. 2 receiver
The Steelers will give second-year pro Martavis Bryant "every opportunity this summer to claim the No. 2 receiver spot" opposite superstar Antonio Brown, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said what Bryant accomplished in the second half of last season was a "big thing." "We are looking for him to come in and make a push against Markus Wheaton for that No. 2 spot and continue to give us big-time production, specifically in the red area where a big target like that can make a big impact," Haley said. A fourth-round pick out of Clemson, Bryant was inactive the first six games before catching six touchdowns in the first four games he played. He finished with 26 catches for 549 yards and eight scores, adding five grabs for 61 yards and a touchdown in the playoff loss to Baltimore."When young guys come in at the receiver position and contribute early like he did, it is a big thing," Haley said. "He took a lot of pressure off Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton … he really had a big impact on our offense. He is a guy we are going to work real hard throughout the offseason and, like all young players, he should make progress from year one to year two." Wheaton caught 53 passes for 644 yards and two scores while playing every game.
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
Steelers WR Martavis Bryant: 'The sky is the limit'
Inactive for the first six games, Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant finished with 26 catches for 549 yards and eight touchdowns. The 6-4, 211-pounder proved to be a red-zone threat and a deep threat, averaging a whopping 21.1 yards per catch. Bryant told the team's website he'll work out in Los Angeles for the early part of the offseason, then spend a month training with teammate Antonio Brown in Florida. "I want to be consistent," Bryant said. "I want to put a great year together next year. They will be keying on me next year. They know what I am able to do. I have to take the offseason and work on my craft to get better with some of the things that will give me an advantage next year. "The sky is the limit as long as I continue to work. I am not going to set a bar for myself."
by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer
Martavis Bryant pulls in five catches and touchdown in loss to Ravens
Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant had five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 30-17 loss to the Ravens Saturday. Bryant caught a fade on the goal line from six yards out after Pittsburgh was called for a false start on the 1-yard line. It was Bryant's first game over 50 yards receiving since Dec. 7 when he had 109 yards against the Bengals.
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
Steelers WR Martavis Bryant catches TD in Week 17 win
Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant had just one catch on two targets Sunday but scored a 21-yard touchdown in his team's 27-17 win over the Bengals in Week 17. Bryant was targeted on a screen pass in the second quarter and split his blockers en route to an easy score on his only catch of the night. He wraps up his rookie season with 26 receptions, 549 yards and eight touchdowns. Bryant will match up with the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs Saturday.