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NFL reinstates Steelers WR Martavis Bryant

By Alex Butler
NFL reinstates Steelers WR Martavis Bryant
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) has been reinstated by the NFL following a year-long suspension in 2016. File photo by John Sommers II/UPI | License Photo

April 25 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers added a familiar playmaker to its roster Tuesday after the NFL reinstated wide receiver Martavis Bryant.

Bryant, 25, waited 407 days to be welcomed back to football after receiving his second NFL suspension. The 2014 fourth round draft pick had a tremendous rookie season, catching 26 passes for 549 yards and eight touchdowns in just 10 games. He had 50 grabs for 765 yards and six scores in 2015. The Clemson product was suspended for the entire 2016 season.

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Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said Monday that he didn't know if the wide receiver would be reinstated. Bryant met with the NFL's management council earlier this month. He was eligible to return from the suspension on March 14. Bryant applied for reinstatement in January.

"Martavis Bryant has followed the protocol and has been conditionally reinstated by the National Football League," Colbert said Tuesday. "We appreciate that he has taken the necessary steps in an effort to get his personal life in order. We also understand this is just the beginning as he works to return to the team and meet all of the conditions of his reinstatement."

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"We look forward to working with Martavis to ensure that he is mentally and physically prepared to contribute to our efforts on the field, while also maintaining the proper balance to keep his life in order off the field."

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported in March that Bryant's indefinite suspension was the result of six failed drug tests. Bryant also missed the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Pittsburgh kicks off OTAs on Tuesday, May 23 at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

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