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Draft Scout *Martavis Bryant News
07/14/17 - WR Martavis Bryant wants to have a word with Ben Roethlisberger after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback tossed critical comments in his direction. Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last year that Bryant lied to him and that the team felt "let down" by the wideout after he was suspended for the season. "I feel like we need to (talk)," Bryant told ESPN. "We should have a man-to-man. Because some of the things he put out there about me, I kind of didn't agree with how he did it. So I want to sit down and hear his own opinion, man-to-man, about why he did that." Bryant was suspended four games in 2015 and the entire following season for violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
04/25/17 - WR Martavis Bryant was conditionally reinstated to the NFL after being suspended for the entire 2016 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday. Bryant is eligible to participate in the Steelers' preseason meetings, conditioning work and other football-related activities. Bryant missed 20 regular-season games over two seasons for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. He has played in just 21 NFL games, including five starts, in 2014 and 2015, and had 76 receptions for 1,314 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns in those two seasons combined.
04/15/17 - Wide receiver Martavis Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers moved one step closer to being reinstated by the NFL after being suspended for the 2016 season because of violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. Bryant met Thursday with the NFL's Management Council in New York as part of his efforts for reinstatement, Alex Marvez of Sporting News reported on Saturday.
Among the conditions for being cleared to play again, Bryant was told to assemble a plan detailing safeguards that would help him prevent a relapse upon returning to Pittsburgh, according to the report. Bryant eventually will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell or one of his representatives once the league's medical director and medical advisor submit their recommendation about reinstatement. The NFL suspended Bryant in March 2016 for at least a year after he failed multiple drug tests. The NFL accepts applications no sooner than 60 days before the one-year anniversary of a suspension. Bryant applied for reinstatement in January. Bryant, 25, also was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season because of violations of the same policy.
Bryant, a fourth-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2014, caught 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games during the 2015 season. He has 76 catches for 1,314 yards and 14 touchdowns in 21 regular-season NFL games in his career. Bryant posted a photo Friday of Steelers chairman and owner Dan Rooney, who died Thursday at age 84, with a message: "RIP Mr. Rooney may God be with his family."
01/28/17 - WR Martavis Bryant of the Steelers has applied for reinstatement after being suspended the entire 2016 season for violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to reports. Bryant, 25, will be subject to a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell or his representatives and also with a league medical advisor. The NFL suspended Bryant in March 2016 for at least a year. The NFL accepts applications no sooner than 60 days before the one-year anniversary of a suspension.
03/15/16 - WR Martavis Bryant on Monday (March 14) was suspended for a year by the NFL for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
Bryant will not appeal the suspension, which begins immediately. His agent had said on Saturday that Bryant had planned to appeal.
He was scheduled to make $600,000 this season.
Bryant was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season due to violations of the same policy.
The former fourth-round draft pick out of Clemson is reportedly fighting depression and will enter rehab.
The Washington Post reported that Bryant missed several drug tests, which counts the same as failed tests and had a diluted specimen that is also the same as a failed test along with a failed test for marijuana.
One of his agents, Brian Fettner, confirmed the ban stems from multiple missed drug tests.
"We clearly miscalculated the issue. His isn't a party issue. It's a coping issue and a depression issue, and he's got to take care of it.
"This is the biggest cry for help I've ever seen. And that hurts," Fettner added.
Bryant will be eligible to apply for reinstatement by the league no sooner than 60 days before anniversary of his suspension.
Bryant caught 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games last season.
Bryant has 76 catches for 1,314 yards and 14 touchdowns in 21 regular-season NFL games, and 19 catches for 244 yards and two TDs in three playoff games.