The Pittsburgh Steelers have received a gift from the NFL.
The league announced on Tuesday that wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been reinstated a “conditional” day-by-day basis. Bryant spent the 2016-17 season on a year-long suspension for drug use, violating the NFL’s no tolerance policy.
Bryant also missed four games in the 2015-16 season for violating the same policy.
According to the Steelers, Bryant is allowed to return to the team’s training facility to become involved with “meetings, conditioning work and similar activities” during the preseason.
As for the NFL, they released a statement of their own.
“Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Bryant’s clinical resources in Pittsburgh, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games. Prior to the start of the regular season, the NFL will review Bryant’s progress. Based on his compliance and engagement with his program and resources, he will be permitted to participate in all regular season activities beginning in Week 1. He will be evaluated later in the season for full reinstatement.”
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert also issued a statement on Bryant’s return.
“Martavis Bryant has followed the protocol and has been conditionally reinstated by the National Football League,” said Colbert. “We appreciate that he has taken the necessary steps in an effort to get his personal life in order. We also understand this is just the beginning as he works to return to the team and meet all of the conditions of his reinstatement.
“We look forward to working with Martavis to ensure that he is mentally and physically prepared to contribute to our efforts on the field, while also maintaining the proper balance to keep his life in order off the field.”
Since his introduction to the NFL – he was drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 118th overall pick – Bryant has made 21 regular-season appearances. In his 21 appearances, Bryant has caught 76 receptions for 1,314 yards while scoring 14 touchdowns. On the ground, Bryant has rushed the ball a total of eight times, scoring a touchdown and racking up 49 yards.
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