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Martavis Bryant Could Be Cleared to Practice this Week

August 8, 2017
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Martavis Bryant Could Be Cleared to Practice this Week

Steelers think Bryant will be cleared to practice this week

Martavis Bryant‘s long wait may finally be coming to an end.

The Steelers think that Bryant will be cleared by the NFL to practice this week, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bryant has not been allowed to practice or play as part of his conditional reinstatement after being suspended for the entire 2016 season.

For a brief moment, it appeared that the NFL had cleared Bryant to practice on Friday, as Pittsburgh’s receiver got off the team bus at Latrobe Memorial Stadium wearing his pads. But — as he was entering the stadium — GM Kevin Colbert met with Bryant, who was forced to give up his pads while sitting out the team’s nationally televised practice.

While Bryant has publicly remained patient, his quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, came to his receiver’s defense last Wednesday, openly questioning why Bryant — who has reportedly done everything the league has asked of him which includes passing league mandated drug tests during his suspension — isn’t allowed to practice.

“I have no idea,” Roethlisberger said when asked when he expects to see Bryant back on the field. “Other than talking to (Bryant) and hoping, I keep asking, ‘Is it gonna happen today?’ and he keeps telling me he’s hoping so.

“So we just don’t know. I don’t know if the league (needs more information) or documents or what’s going on. But goodness, I think he’s paid his dues.”

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