Adam Schefter of reports that Raiders WR Martavis Bryant is facing a year-long suspension that is currently being appealed. The NFL will allow Bryant to play until there’s a verdict regarding his suspension.
Sources tell Schefter that Bryant’s camp is confident that it has a chance to win the appeal, which is expected to be heard in the next couple of weeks.
The optimism from Bryant’s camp that he could win his appeal played a role in the Raiders re-signing him last week.
Bryant, 26, was selected by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft. He’s entering the final year of his four-year, $2.7 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $705,000 for the 2018 season.
Bryant was suspended for the entire 2016 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and returned to the team coming out of the preseason last year.
The Steelers traded Bryant to the Raiders in return for the No. 79 overall pick of the third round this offseason. The Raiders released him coming out of the preseason only to re-sign him last week.
In 2017, Bryant appeared in 15 games for the Steelers and caught 50 passes for 603 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 22 yards and totaled 151 kick return yards. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 47 receiver out of 116 qualifying players.