According to Field Yates, the NFL has cleared Steelers WR Martavis Bryant and will allow him to participate in preseason activities. However, Bryant hasn’t been fully reinstated from suspension yet.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the reinstatement process involving Steelers WR Martavis Bryant could be settled in the “next couple of days.”
According to Rapoport, the NFL is still “waiting for the doctors and the counselors, people who saw him, to hand in their letters, get the paperwork cleared with the NFL, have the league process that, and then make him officially conditionally reinstated.”
Earlier in the week, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the Steelers expect suspended Bryant to be reinstated by the NFL at some point this week.
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.