Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, citing a team source, reports the Steelers expect suspended WR Martavis Bryant to be reinstated by the NFL at some point this week.
The NFL recent explained that Bryant has still yet to meet all of the conditions laid for reinstatement, which is why he’s still unable to practice.
“He would be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games, once he satisfies requirements,” McCarthy said in an email to Ray Fittipaldo last week.
However, it appears that could change in the coming days.
Bryant was suspended for the entire 2016 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. This came after he served a four-game ban in 2015 season for a separate substance-abuse violation.
Pittsburgh placed him on the reserve/suspended by Commissioner list after he accepted his one-year suspension from the NFL.
Bryant admitted in an interview earlier this year that he considered quitting football (via Sports Illustrated) but he later changed his mind.
Bryant, 25, was selected by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $2.7 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $690,000 for the 2017 season.
In 2015, Bryant appeared in 11 games for the Steelers and totaled 50 receptions, 765 receiving yards and seven total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 61 receiver out of 121 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Bryant’s reinstatement as the news is available.