Two weeks into training camp, Martavis Bryant finally has been cleared to join his teammates for practices and games.
The Steelers receiver on Wednesday was cleared of another hurdle by the NFL in his return from a yearlong suspension for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse. Bryant, who was suspended in March 2016 and conditionally reinstated this spring, missed the Steelers’ first 11 training camp practices.
The Steelers released a statement attributed to general manager Kevin Colbert on Wednesday evening:
“Martavis Bryant has been informed by the NFL that he is now permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games. He will continue to be evaluated as to his readiness to participate in regular-season activities under the terms of his conditional reinstatement.”
After a travel day Thursday, the Steelers open their preseason schedule Friday night at the New York Giants. While it is unlikely Bryant will play in that game because he has yet to take practice reps with the Steelers, his 2017 camp practice debut for the Steelers figures to come at 2:55 p.m. Sunday at St. Vincent.