Agent: "This is the biggest cry for help I've ever seen"
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is accepting a one-year suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy for multiple new violations following a previous suspension from the league, according to league sources.
Bryant had originally planned to appeal the suspension, but instead will start serving the suspension, which will span an entire calendar year under NFL rules governing suspended players.
(National Football Post)
FF Today's Take:Bryant was suspended four games last season and reportedly missed multiple tests. According to one of Bryant's agents, the Steelers wide receiver is suffering from depression. Bryant's No.2 receiving role will likely be filled by Markus Wheaton with Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates also in the mix. Wheaton will have the highest fantasy value of the three receivers.
Martavis Bryant facing season-long suspension-- Sat Mar 12 2:30 pm --
Appeal has been filed
Martavis Bryant, the Steelers’ talented but troubled wide receiver, is facing a full-season NFL suspension in 2016 for again violating the league’s substance abuse policy, two sources confirmed to DKPittsburghSports.com this morning and a third this afternoon. Bryant and his agent, Tom Santanello, have filed an appeal. (dkpittsburghsports.com)
FF Today's Take:This would be a significant loss for the Steelers offense. Bryant was suspended four games last season for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. The dynamic playmaker is an important part to the Steelers offense. Newly acquired tight end Ladarius Green and wide receiver Markus Wheaton would likely fill the fantasy void if Bryant was to miss any time.