Friday morning an NFL spokesperson confirmed the reason that Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receivers Martavis Bryant has not yet been reinstated by the league because of a lack of "clinical resources".
A week into Steelers training camp and Bryant has not yet been fully reinstated after serving his one-year suspension for violating the NFL's drug policies. While he is technically conditionally reinstated, Bryant is not allowed to participate in team activities until he is fully reinstated.
The reason that hasn't happened yet was dressed by today's announcement, in which the NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said:
“He would be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games, once he satisfies requirements.”
McCarthy did not go into specifics, but referred to the NFL's past statement on Bryant's case which stated:
“Bryant may join the Steelers at the training facility and participate in meetings, conditioning work, and similar activities. Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Bryant’s clinical resources in Pittsburgh, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games.
“Prior to the start of the regular season, the NFL will review Bryant’s progress. Based on his compliance and engagement with his program and resources, he will be permitted to participate in all regular season activities beginning in Week 1. He will be evaluated later in the season for full reinstatement."
Why Bryant has seemingly had trouble getting those "clinical resources" confirmed is anybody's guess at this point, no doubt the Steelers organization is helping him get those issues sorted out.
In the meantime, Bryant has been at the Steelers training camp practices, but he's been doing his own workouts on an adjacent field. It's not an ideal situation, and McCarthy did confirm that the league has no timetable to make their decision of Bryant.
The 25-year-old receiver played in 11 games in 2015, his last NFL season, and managed 50 receptions for 765 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Source: Ray Fittipaldo - Piss burgh Post-Gazette · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS