Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has reportedly been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is facing 4-game suspension for violating Substance Abuse Policy, per league sources. Suspension under appeal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 27, 2015
As Schefter tweets, Bryant is appealing the suspension.
The Steelers will already be without starting running back Le’Veon Bell for the first two games of the year. Bryant would be another big loss for an offense that could be one of the most potent in the league.
The suspension means Bryant was in Stage Two of the NFL substance abuse policy. It indicates Bryant had already failed a drug test within the last three months. Only in stage two do players receive a four game suspension.
Bryant, entering his second year in the league, caught 26 passes for 549 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014. Markus Wheaton had already been expected to be the #2 receiver in most two receiver sets. If Bryant’s suspension sticks, Darrius Heyward-Bey will likely become the #3 WR.