Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant can officially put his one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy behind him.
The NFL granted Bryant full reinstatement on Friday, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. His clearance means he can participate in practice and games for the 2017 season.
Bryant had been on conditional reinstatement prior to Friday’s announcement.
Pittsburgh was anticipating the NFL’s positive ruling on Bryant. He had been complying under the league’s guidelines since he was conditionally reinstated over the offseason.
The 6-foot-4 wideout gives Pittsburgh a legit No. 2 option at wide receiver alongside of star wideout Antonio Brown. Bryant’s compiled 76 catches for 1,314 yards and 14 touchdowns in just 21 regular season games. His off-field transgressions have have been a hinderance on his young career. He last played in the 2015 season.
Hopefully Bryant recognized his past mistakes and can right his wrongs. He stated this offseason that he understands that this might be his last chance.
With Bryant, Pittsburgh arguably has the best offense in the NFL. The “Triple Bs” with Bryant will be a daunting challenge for opponents.
Friday’s been positive day for the Steelers organization. Bryant’s reinstatement came on the same day that running back Le’Veon Bell ended his holdout.