Martavis Bryant remains without any sort of timeline for a return as the NFL continues to hold him under a conditional reinstatement from suspension.
Ben Roethlisberger is among the many wondering when the Pittsburgh Steelers wideout will be allowed to rejoin his teammates.
“I hope (he’s reinstated today). Goodness. He’s done everything the league has asked,” Roethlisberger told reporters Wednesday, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “I’m not really sure why they keep holding him out from being out there with the guys. To me that’s the best is for him to be out there with his brothers. I’m not sure what the hold-up is but I know he’s doing everything he can to be out there. … Goodness, you’d think he’s paid his dues.”
Bryant, who sat out the entire 2016 season due to a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, was reinstated on a conditional basis back in April.
The understanding at the time was that the decision cleared him to participate in all preseason activities, provided arrangements were made for clinical resources in Pittsburgh. Perhaps suggesting there was still work to be done in that regard, general manager Kevin Colbert revealed last week that the NFL had yet to issue a full reinstatement. Bryant will be held out of on-field activities until that process is complete.
A sense of urgency on the part of Roethlisberger and the team as a whole is entirely understandable. As would be the case for any player returning from a year away from football, training camp and preseason reps are all the more imperative for Bryant to hit the ground running.
The 25-year-old regaining his previous form could very well help the already dynamic Steelers take a step toward unstoppable territory. Despite missing five games in 2015, and notching a start in just five of his 11 appearances, Bryant finished his last year of football action with 50 receptions for 765 yards and six touchdowns.
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