Martavis Bryant Faces 4-Game Suspension For NFL Violation


Aug 2015

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NFL Policy Violation

Things keep getting worse for one NFL team in particular, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The most recent act comes from their second year star wide receiver, Martavis Bryant, as he was given a 4-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Bryant is, however, currently appealing this suspension. It won’t be easy for the team, as the Steelers have already suffered with injured and suspended players, including:

  • Le’Veon Bell: 2-game Suspension
  • Maurkice Pouncey: Broken Ankle
  • Bruce Gradkowski: Left-Hand Injury
  • Stephon Tuitt: Ankle Injury

This would mean that QB Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of the offense will have to make do with what they have, at least for the first few games of the regular season. If Bryant’s appeal does go through, the Steelers will be left without great RB and WR during the first two games of the season. This would worry anyone, considering that Bryant had an amazing rookie year:

Receptions Yards Average Touchdowns
26 549 21.1 8

He led the NFL with 21.1 yards per catch average, making him indispensable for the offense when they want those long catches, as well as the main reason the Steelers are being considered one of the best offenses of the 2015 season. With this latest incident, the odds against the team are getting harder to overcome. The offense will still be able to use their star QB Roethlisberger, as well as Brown, Wheaton, and tight end Heath Miller, but they probably won’t have the same dynamic as the first team would have. Let’s hope they are able to adapt during the preseason games and get into shape by the time the regular season games start.

It is always a pity when a NFL player gets suspended over the antiquated Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. It obviously depends on what substance they were abusing, as not all drugs are created equal. If it truly does enhance their ability on the field, it should apply, but it’s like taking an aspirin and saying that it would make their head hit harder.

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