Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has been without one of his star receivers for over a year now, and as the days go by without Martavis Bryant, so too does the patience of Steelers fans.
On Wednesday Tomlin was asked when he expects Brant, still ordered by the NFL to stay away from football, to return.
Per NBC Sports, in April, the league reinstated Bryant. He was immediately cleared to participate in the offseason program.
The terms of Bryant’s reinstatement, as articulated by the team are that “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.”
"Unless the Steelers were misinformed and the league never bothered to correct the the team’s comments, this should be a very simply proposition. Either 'arrangements have been confirmed regarding Bryant’s clinical resources in Pittsburgh,' or they haven’t been. There’s no middle ground," opined NBC Sports.
"It’s possible that Bryant believes he has complied, and the league believes he hasn’t. But Bryant is backed by a billion-dollar business with every incentive either to convince the league that Bryant has complied or to figure out what he needs to do, and do it."
Bryant, 25, is heading into his third NFL season. Over two seasons he hauled in 76 passes for 1,314 yards and 14 TDs, with a mind-boggling 17.3 yards-per-catch.