The reinstatement of Martavis Bryant has become a saga. The obstacles, and the issues and the side stories have turned this into an even that has created headlines throughout the summer. Now, it appears we are reaching the end of the tunnel. Reports out of training camp are that the Steelers are thinking that this is the week that they get Martavis Bryant back.
#Steelers thinking Martavis Bryant will be cleared to return this week, per team source.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) August 6, 2017
Pittsburgh Steelers expecting Martavis Bryant back soon
Bryant was technically reinstated back in April. Of course, that came with the term conditionally attached to it. Apparently, there has been a hold up in these conditions, and the NFL has yet to completely clear Bryant for training camp or preseason activity.
Bryant has struggled to give an explanation as to why the league has been holding up the process. However, the league has been pointing the finger at him, saying that it is his move to finish the reinstatement process.
However, this is the same league that failed to let the Steelers know the status of Bryant before the NFL draft, forcing the team to deeply consider a wide receiver. They do not necessarily have the track record of working quickly or well with their players, a growing sense that Bryant is getting frustrated over this has been felt.
Bryant showed up for the team’s annual “Friday Night Lights” where the team practices at a local high school stadium in an event that is open to fans. Bryant was fully dressed in pads and was heading to the field. That is when General Manager Kevin Colbert met him, took his helmet and told Bryant he had to continue to sit. Since then, Bryant has taken to twitter to add to his already apparent frustration with the situation.
If the official, complete reinstatement does not come down this week, you may start to see growing questions about when or if this is actually going to happen. Hopefully, this will be a non-story by the team’s second preseason game.