NFL Suspends Steelers Star Receiver for One Year

Martavis Bryant scores a touchdown against the Panthers in 2014. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Martavis Bryant has been banned for a year by the NFL due to another violation of the league's substance abuse policy. The Pittsburgh wideout sat out the first four games of the 2015 season for the same reason.

Bryant was previoulsy suspended for marijuana use. "His isn't a party issue," says one of his agents, Brian Fettner. "It's a coping issue and a depression issue… This is the biggest cry for help I've ever seen."

Following his previous suspension, Bryant returned to the Steelers and had 50 receptions for 765 yards and six touchdowns. After his junior season at Clemson in 2014, he was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round. Bryant scored eight TDs in his rookie season.

He joins Browns receiver Josh Gordon, Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander and Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith in the NFL's year-long banned club for using illegal substances.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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