PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended for the entire 2016 season.
The Steelers released a statement from the NFL saying:
“Martavis Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been suspended without pay for a minimum of one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Bryant’s suspension begins immediately.”
Tom Santanello says the wide receiver found out about the possible suspension last week. According to USA Today, one of Bryant’s agents said that the player will check into rehab and undergo evaluation for depression issues.
Bryant was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
After an appeal, the suspension was upheld.
Bryant burst onto the scene in his rookie season in 2014, making his first appearance in week seven and catching six touchdowns in his first four games with the Steelers.
On the season, Bryant helped get the Steelers offense reach a new level as he contributed 26 catches for 549 yards and 8 touchdowns in just 10 regular season games.