PITTSBURGH (KDKA/Sports Xchange) — The Pittsburgh Steelers say wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been cleared by the NFL to participate in preseason activities.
Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert released the following statement on Wednesday evening:
“Martavis Bryant has been informed by the NFL that he is now permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games. He will continue to be evaluated as to his readiness to participate in regular-season activities under the terms of his conditional reinstatement.”
Statement by #Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert on Martavis Bryant.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 9, 2017
Bryant, who sat out the 2016 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, received limited conditional reinstatement from the NFL in April. That allowed him to participate in the team’s offseason program and training camp conditioning, but he was not fully reinstated for the start of preseason camp.
That reinstatement depended on Bryant making appropriate clinical arrangements in Pittsburgh for ongoing drug treatment.
Last week, Bryant suited up and planned to practice, but general manager Kevin Colbert stopped him before he took the field.
However, Wednesday’s announcement allows the 25-year-old Bryant to practice with the team and play in preseason games. Whether he will be cleared to play in the regular season remains to be seen.
In 2015, Bryant caught 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games, including five starts.
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