Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant got himself benched for an outburst on social media, and his role with the team seemed to be in question. He’s now taken at least one step toward getting involved again.
“Martavis Bryant was back working with the first-team offense Monday when the Steelers resumed practice after a four-day break on their bye,” reported Joe Rutter of Trib Live.
As Rutter then points out, no one knows exactly what that will mean on Sunday. The Steelers are going to play the Indianapolis Colts. Though every game is a potential upset, that’s a relatively easy win on paper. Will they elevate Bryant?
Even the wideout himself doesn’t know this early in the week.
“I’m pretty sure I’m going to be out there,” Bryant said. “It’s a long week. It’s only Monday. I’ll come back in here Wednesday, get the game plan and go from there.”
It’s also worth noting that JuJu Smith-Schuster, the wideout who Bryant attacked on social media and who took his spot in the lineup, did no less than put up 193 yards and a touchdown in the last game before the bye, against the Detroit Lions. Even if Bryant has made his peace with the team and wants to take his spot back, is it really in the team’s best interests to give it to him?
Offensive coordinator Todd Haley has sounded positive about it during the week off.
“I just want to see continued growth,” Haley said. “I’ve said all along, he’s been real close on a number of things. He has made some big plays for us. Not taking into account some of the outside things that I don’t worry about. We coach the guys that are out there and playing. He had a good week last week in that role that he was playing from a practice standpoint. That was a positive.”
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