For a few brief moments ahead of Friday night’s practice, it appeared as though Martavis Bryant was set to make his long-awaited training camp debut.
But the lengthy delay in the wide receiver’s reinstatement from suspension will evidently roll on.
As Pittsburgh Steelers players filed into the practice facility, multiple reports indicated Bryant was among those carrying pads and perhaps ready to practice. That’s when general manager Kevin Colbert had to step in and apparently let the wide receiver know that he still isn’t permitted to take part.
The below video appears to show the exchange that preceded Bryant’s pads being taken away.
Bryant was initially reinstated from his year-long suspension on a conditional basis in April. The NFL outlined that he could take part in preseason team activities as long as he confirmed arrangements for “clinical resources” in Pittsburgh.
While it’s unclear whether that factor is the primary reason for the holdup, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette earlier Friday that Bryant still had requirements to satisfy before being cleared to practice.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger expressed his frustrations with the situation earlier this week.
“I hope (he’s reinstated today). Goodness. He’s done everything the league has asked,” Roethlisberger said, 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 holdup is but I know he’s doing everything he can to be out there. … Goodness, you’d think he’s paid his dues.”
Bryant, a former fourth-round pick, showed flashes of rare and explosive playmaking ability over parts of two seasons before his latest substance abuse violation led him to miss the entire 2016 campaign.
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