While serving his four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been given permission to be away from the team in order to train. Tuesday, during his weekly press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin was asked if the former fourth-round draft pick out of Clemson is back around the team being as his suspension is now halfway over.
“He’s not,” said Tomlin.
Tomlin was then asked if getting Bryant some work with the team was originally something he was looking forward to since his suspension went into effect at the start of the regular season.
“Getting him work in all areas is important and rest assured we’re doing what’s appropriate under the circumstance and that’s really all I’m going to say on it,” Tomlin indicated.
The Steelers organization has been pretty tight-lipped as to what’s currently happening with Bryant during his suspension. For all we know, he might be in some sort of rehab facility at the suggestion of the team.
Even through he’s suspended, Bryant is allowed to be around the team and that includes him attending team meetings. It will be interesting to see if he returns next week in order to start preparing for his Week 5 return.
Bryant is believed to have been in Phase Two of the league’s drug intervention program prior to him being suspended for four games for reportedly testing positive for marijuana multiple times. Another failed drug test will result in him being suspended for another 10 games, so whatever he’s doing during his time away from the Steelers, hopefully it includes him thinking long and hard about how his promising NFL career can go right out the window with one more poor choice.