Steelers leader Ramon Foster irritated by Martavis Bryant’s absence
The Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to downplay the recent behavior of wide receiver Martavis Bryant, but it appears there could be some fallout in the locker room.
Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster is the third-longest tenured Steelers player behind Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison. On Monday, he was faced with questions about Bryant’s social media tirade and his ensuing absence and he expressed some resentment towards his teammate.
“No, he’s not here,’’ Foster said according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I don’t know what happened. I think he called in sick today. I don’t know. I just wish he were here to answer his own questions. You can’t throw that stuff out there on social media land and expect no forest fires behind it.”
Foster is now in his ninth season with the Steelers and he’s been the voice of reason with a lot of these locker room distractions in recent years. However, it’s pretty clear that he’s bothered by the fact that Bryant is leaving his teammates with the burden of answering for his transgressions.
The official word on Bryant from his agent is that he’s out sick and was visiting the doctor on Monday morning, and that’s why he couldn’t be present for mandatory meetings. However, the timing on that is quite suspicious given his since-deleted Instagram posts about being better than Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and wanting to get his.