Martavis Bryant is currently serving a 1-year suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. His agent Thomas Santanello, announced Tuesday (via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com) that he will apply for reinstatement. Bryant will not be eligible to return until March which will complete his year suspension.
Bryant, 25, was suspended 4 games in 2015 for multiple substance abuse instances. In just 11 games last year he caught 50 passes for 765 yards and eight touchdowns. It will be interesting to see how he fits into the offense next year as complimentary players like Eli Rogers, Sammie Coates, and Cobi Hamilton have done an admirable job in his absence. Pittsburgh released this statement back in March when Bryant’s suspension was announced.
“We are very disappointed that Martavis Bryant has put himself in this current situation of being suspended by the League,” the Steelers said in a statement last March. He is at a crossroads of his professional life, and he needs to understand significant changes need to occur in his personal life if he wants to regain his career as a Pittsburgh Steeler. We are hopeful that Martavis will take the necessary steps to develop the discipline in his personal life to become a successful player and a good teammate.”