Bryant Facing Another Year Long Suspension

Former Steeler facing third suspension in five years.

Noah Hiles
September 09, 2018 - 12:15 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – With the Steelers just hours away from kicking off their 2018 regular season, recent news has come out about one of their former players who could not be suiting up for any team this year.

Free agent wide receiver, Martavis Bryant, who was released by the Oakland Raiders on September 1, is reportedly facing another season long suspension from the NFL due to once again violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Bryant, who was traded to Oakland from Pittsburgh in exchange for a third round pick on April 26, was looking to rejuvenate his career this season after getting the opportunity to play for a new franchise.

The suspension would mark the third time in Bryant’s five year professional career that he will receive punishment due to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. After having a promising rookie season in 2014, Bryant was forced to miss four games due to his first violation in 2015. Bryant would go on to be punished once again in 2016, resulting in him being suspended for the entire season.

Following his return for the Steelers in 2017, Bryant failed to get into a rhythm with the Pittsburgh offense and match his level of production that he was once capable of, catching just 50 passes for 603 yards and three touchdowns. 

In four preseason games with Oakland this year, Bryant had just two catches for 32 yards with a long of 16. Bryant was released by the Raiders prior to the start of this year’s regular season due to speculation of him once again being in danger of receiving a suspension due to substance abuse.

With three suspensions and two missed seasons in only five years as a professional, there is a strong chance that this punishment could mark the end of Bryant's career in the NFL. While he will be entitled to counseling from the NFL Players Association, he will certainly have a difficult time finding another opportunity playing for another NFL team once he has served his punishment.