Bryant (knee, suspension) plans to apply for reinstatement soon, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports. Bryant reportedly will argue that the NFL's substance abuse program doesn't give players access to sufficient treatment for mental health issues. He violated the terms of his conditional reinstatement from April 2017, leading to another indefinite suspension in mid-December less than two weeks after the Raiders placed him on injured reserve. The 27-year-old wideout suffered a season-ending PCL injury Week 10, finishing the year with 19 catches for 266 yards on 27 targets in eight games. Bryant is an unrestricted free agent, but he'll likely struggle to find offers even if the NFL provides a timeline for his suspension to be lifted.
Bryant (knee, suspension) may have a chance to be reinstated before training camp if he follows his treatment plan during the offseason, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. After suffering a season-ending PCL injury Week 10 this past season, Bryant was moved back to the NFL's Reserve/Commissioner suspended list in mid-December for a violation of the terms of his April 2017 conditional reinstatement. He has an interesting offseason coming up, likely requiring treatment for both his physical and mental health. The 27-year-old wideout finally earned his fourth accrued NFL season in 2018, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Bryant may need to serve additional games on a suspension even if he receives clearance to partake in training camp.
Bryant (knee) has been has been returned to the NFL's Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely under the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Per the report, Bryant, who already was on IR due to a knee injury, is back on the list after violating the terms of his April 2017 conditional reinstatement. The wideout's contract with the Raiders expires after the current season, with this latest news clouding his playing future, even when he's healthy enough to take the field.
The Raiders will place Bryant (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Bryant hasn't been able to practice in any capacity since suffering a PCL injury Nov. 11. The Raiders had been hopeful to get him back at some point in December, though IR seemed to be a likely outcome all along. Bryant should have time to regain his health before March, at which point he'll be 27 years old and finally eligible for unrestricted free agency. He was limited to 19 catches in eight games this season while also making some ugly mistakes, but at least bounce back from 2017 in terms of yards per catch (14.0) and yards per target (9.9).
Coach Jon Gruden said Monday that he doesn't know when Bryant (knee) will be healthy enough to play, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. Bryant has missed three games in a row due to a PCL injury in his left knee. Until he makes an appearance in practice, it'll be difficult to forecast when the wide receiver may start to inch toward a return. In Bryant's absence, Marcell Ateman has stepped into a larger role alongside Jordy Nelson and Seth Roberts.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|7||10/20||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|10||11/08||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|12||11/24||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|13||12/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|16||12/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||56||34||434||2||20||12.76||57|