Bryant's multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy triggered a minimum one-year suspension from the league, but the Steelers never considered releasing him, according to general manager Kevin Colbert. Instead, Pittsburgh will hope Bryant makes the necessary changes to his life to get reinstated next year, when he would have two years remaining on his contract with the team. With Bryant suspended, Steelers receivers Markus Wheaton and, more specifically, Sammie Coates will be looked upon to take advantage of their increased opportunities this season.
The suspension was initially reported over the weekend, but came with mention of Bryant's plan to appeal the ruling. Now, it appears the
Martavis Bryant is facing a year-long suspension due to violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, DKPittsburghSports.com's Dejan Koacevic reports.
It's a crushing blow to Pittsburgh, as well as Bryant's career, but unfortunately less than surprising. Bryant served a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy to start the 2015 season, and character questions were the only reason the incredibly talented Bryant fell to the fourth round of the 2014 draft. If Bryant indeed misses the 2016 season it should result in another historic campaign for Antonio Brown while granting bigger usage opportunities for the likes of Ladarius Green, Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates.
Martavis Bryant had a team high nine catches for 154 yards, and ran twice for 40 yards in the Pittsburgh Steelers ' loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
With Antonio Brown (concussion) inactive, Pittsburgh leaned heavily on Bryant, who was targeted 15 times and totaled 194 yards from scrimmage. Bryant finished the regular season a distant second to Brown in terms of targets, yards and touchdowns, but still managed to haul in 50 of 92 targets for 765 yards and six touchdowns. He also ran for 37 yards on five carries. Bryant has now scored 16 touchdowns and caught 95 passes for 1,558 yards in 24 career games (regular and post season), but that means he has also missed 11 games over the past two years. If he can manage to play a full season in 2016, Bryant should easily exceed his production this season, making him a solid fantasy option in all formats.
Martavis Bryant caught 5-of-6 targets for 29 yards and a touchdown Saturday in the Pittsburgh Steelers ' win over the Bengals.
Bryant also added 44 yards rushing on a spectacular end around, but his greatest highlight came on a 10-yard touchdown catch, pinning the ball on his leg then flipping over on his back as he fell out of the end zone while maintaining possession. Bryant could have an even bigger role in the Pittsburgh game plan against Denver in Week 19 with the status of Antonio Brown (concussion) uncertain.
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