Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who was suspended for the entire 2016 season following multiple violations of the NFL’s policy on substances abuse, received conditional reinstatement from the NFL on Tuesday.
Bryant may join the Steelers at the training facility and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities. 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.
Bryant had been suspended since March 2016 without pay, after repeatedly failing drug test.
The timing — two days before the start of the NFL draft — is beneficial for the Steelers; it’s the best-yet indicator that Bryant, 25, can be counted on to play and contribute in 2017, and makes it less vital that they add a wide receiver early in the draft.
“We appreciate that he has taken the necessary steps in an effort to get his personal life in order,” general manager Kevin Colbert said in a released statement. “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.”
In two NFL seasons, Bryant has 76 catches for 1,314 yards and 14 touchdowns.