Bryant can now return to all offseason team activities and facilities after being suspended all of last year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Prior to the beginning of the regular season, the league will review Bryant's progress during the offseason. As long as no issues arise, he will then be cleared to participate in all regular season activities. The wideout will compete with Darrius Heyward-Bey for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Antonio Brown, a spot he held before last season's suspension.
Bryant, who received a year-long suspension last March for violating the league's substance abuse policy, filed for reinstatement Jan. 28 and met last week with the NFL's Management Council. After detailing a plan to avoid a relapse, Bryant's next step is to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell or one of his representatives. At the moment, it's unclear when he may be extended that opportunity, leaving the Steelers unsure of his 2017 status as this week's draft quickly approaches.
Bryant (suspension) met Thursday with the NFL's Management Council as part of his effort to be reinstated from a year-long ban, Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reports.
Suspended last March for a repeat violation of the NFL's drug policy, Bryant applied for reinstatement Jan. 28 after sitting out the entire 2016 season. As one of the conditions for reinstatement he was told to assemble a detailed plan to inform the league how he intends to avoid a relapse. The league's medical director and medical advisor will then submit a recommendation, at which point Bryant will meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell or one of his representatives. Assuming he's willing to meet the conditions outlined by the league, Bryant should get clearance to rejoin the Steelers at some point prior to training camp. He spent much of his suspension training in Nevada, with reports suggesting he added at least 15 pounds of muscle to what was once a wiry frame. Bryant probably wouldn't have much trouble reclaiming the No. 2 wide receiver role in Pittsburgh's high-powered offense.
Bryant (suspension) likely will be reinstated soon, The Beaver County Times reports.
Bryant applied for reinstatement Jan. 28 with the expectation he'd get a ruling within 60 days -- which ultimately didn't happen. The delayed decision isn't a bad sign, as the NFL often drags its feet on such matters, particularly when the league office is busy dealing with other issues. Bryant has filled out his once-wiry frame while training in Nevada during the year-long suspension, with reports suggests he's put on at least 15 pounds of muscle. Assuming the reinstatement goes through, he should step back in as the No. 2 wide receiver in a high-powered Pittsburgh offense.
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.
|P1||8/11/17||@ NYG||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ CAR||7:30 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ KC||4:25 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ DET||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/17||@ CIN||8:30 pm|
|16||12/25/17||@ HOU||4:30 pm|
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