After a year long suspension, the NFL has officially reinstated Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Martavis Bryant.
The NFL has conditionally reinstated Pittsburgh Steelers’ Martavis Bryant after following league protocol during the reinstatement process, according to Adam Schefter.
Bryant, who was a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, missed all of the 2016 season after testing positive for PEDs. Coming off of a 765 yard and 6 touchdown season in 2015, the former Clemson Tiger was considered one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in the NFL before his suspension.
“Martavis Bryant has followed the protocol and has been conditionally reinstated by the National Football League,” Steelers general manager, Kevin Colbert released in a statement at Steelers.com “We appreciate that he has taken the necessary steps in an effort to get his personal life in order. We also understand this is just the beginning as he works to return to the team and meet all of the conditions of his reinstatement.”
Two days before the 2017 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers now have some understanding of the future of their star wideout. Although he isn’t fully reinstated yet, this is a significant milestone in his return to football. It also helps the Steelers finalize their NFL Draft plans.
The NFL will reevaluate Bryant before the start of the 2017 NFL season and if everything is good both on and off the field, he will have his final evaluation during the 2017 season. From there, barring no setbacks, Bryant will be fully reinstated to the NFL.
“We look forward to working with Martavis to ensure that he is mentally and physically prepared to contribute to our efforts on the field…” Colbert said, “while also maintaining the proper balance to keep his life in order off the field.”