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Mike Tomlin praises Martavis Bryant’s handling of suspension

Martavis Bryant

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant said on Monday that he expects to play in Week 10 against the Indianapolis Colts, and head coach Mike Tomlin appears to share those expectations.

While speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Tomlin praised Bryant for handling his suspension with professionalism and indicated the receiver will see some opportunities on Sunday.

“He did a nice job of dealing with the suspension and working hard to get better at his craft,” Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “That being said, we’re moving forward. As in all cases, even with the injured guys, we’ll let preparation and what happens in that preparation be our guide. But I’m comfortable with the trajectory of where he is coming off the missed action.”

Bryant was previously suspended for posts on social media in which he complained about his role and took aim at some of his teammates, including JuJu Smith-Schuster.

As it stands, Bryant has fallen behind both the aforementioned Smith-Schuster, who had a big game against the Detroit Lions in Bryant’s absence, and Antonio Brown on the team’s depth chart. And in order to regain some traction and have his role increased, Bryant will need to put his head down and return to his 2015 form.

Steelers reportedly turned down Martavis Bryant trade inquiries

Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant has publicly stated that he wants the Pittsburgh Steelers to trade him, and the team has maintained that it is not happening. That stance did not change at the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Steelers received calls from teams who were interested in Bryant, but they informed them they were not dealing the 25-year-old receiver.

That meshes with a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, who was told on Tuesday that Mike Tomlin told Bryant he will be part of the game plan when the Steelers take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 10 after the bye.

Bryant was benched for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions after he criticized rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in an Instagram comment. He also openly admitted that he wants out of Pittsburgh if he isn’t going to get the ball more going forward.

Smith-Schuster caught seven passes for 193 yards — both career highs — and a touchdown in Sunday’s win over the Lions. He has earned a bigger role in the offense, and the Steelers aren’t going to just ignore him going forward. However, they must feel that Bryant is valuable enough to the team that they are not going to trade him when his value is at rock bottom.

Martavis Bryant says Mike Tomlin told him he won’t play Week 8

Martavis Bryant

The Pittsburgh Steelers have maintained that they will not trade Martavis Bryant despite the headache he is creating for the team, but it certainly seems like they are taking disciplinary action against the wide receiver.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Bryant was demoted to the scout team offense during Wednesday’s practice. Offensive lineman Ramon Foster said Justin Hunter took Bryant’s spot, and Bryant later told reporters that Mike Tomlin has informed him he will not play Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Bryant said he is being benched because of his social media activity, which included criticizing one of his teammates in an Instagram comment and all but confirming that he wants out of Pittsburgh.

Tomlin told reporters on Tuesday that the Steelers are not considering trading Bryant, but you have to wonder how much longer this can go on. Pittsburgh is winning games and appears to be one of the best teams in the league, and Bryant is creating distractions by demanding the ball.

Ben Roethlisberger: Steelers want to get Martavis Bryant the ball

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wants to get disgruntled wide receiver Martavis Bryant into the offense more — but he won’t make any promises.

Roethlisberger admitted Wednesday that he wants to get Bryant the ball more, but it will require Bryant to put in the hard work as well to be on the same page.

“I’m not going to be a doctor and promise I’m going to save your life,” Roethlisberger said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m going to tell him if you’re on your details and we’re working together and I trust that you’re going to be where we’re supposed to be and you’re there, good things will happen.”

Roethlisberger does want to link up with Bryant as much as possible and find success with him.

“Hopefully, it’s lots of touchdown passes,” Roethlisberger said. “We need to get the ball to him, to everybody, we all need to score points. There are opportunities there. That’s why I told him to come talk to me. We’ve had opportunities with deep balls that were just missed whether it was me overthrowing him or it’s the Chicago game where he slows down a little bit or this last game where he doesn’t see the ball coming out of my hand.

“There are plays to be had. We just have to make them.”

Bryant has made clear that he’ll be happy — if he gets the ball. Roethlisberger’s retort seems to be that everyone wants Bryant to be successful, but it’s a two-way street.

Martavis Bryant: If Steelers don’t get me the ball, ‘I want out period’

Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant has created a headache for a Pittsburgh Steelers team that is 5-2 and could be the best in the AFC, but the wide receiver insists he is not trying to be selfish.

After he initially mocked a report that claimed he wanted to be traded, Bryant has decided to change his stance. The 25-year-old openly admitted that he wants to be dealt while speaking with ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Tuesday morning, though he insists he is not being “selfish.”

Bryant can’t have it both ways. It doesn’t get more selfish than becoming a distraction on a winning team that isn’t getting you the ball enough to keep you satisfied. Bryant has also created tension among his teammates by criticizing one of them in an Instagram comment.

The Steelers reportedly do not intend to discipline or trade Bryant despite him missing a team meeting on Monday, but you have to wonder when they will have had enough. Unless they plan on changing their offense to fulfill Bryant’s demands, the drama the receiver is creating may become too much to handle.

Bryant has been suspended multiple times for positive drug tests, so Pittsburgh probably won’t get anything for him in a trade. An outright release isn’t out of the question at this point.

Report: Steelers have no plans to trade or discipline Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant may be intent on doing everything in his power to force his way out of Pittsburgh, but that doesn’t mean he is going to be successful.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers have no intention of trading Bryant before the Oct. 31 trade deadline. They also aren’t expected to discipline the receiver for not showing up for a mandatory team meeting on Monday.

After Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Bryant made some comments on Instagram criticizing rookie teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster and indicating he wants the Steelers to trade him. Veteran offensive lineman Ramon Foster said Monday that he wishes Bryant showed up to work so he could explain himself.

“I just wish he were here to answer his own questions,” Foster said.. “I’m over that. I don’t know what happened. I think he called in sick today. I don’t know. I just wish he were here to answer his own questions. You can’t throw that stuff out there on social media land and expect no forest fires behind it.

“He can’t leave us here to answer, is how I feel about it. I feel like last week we kind of pushed it aside and then you double down on it? Not cool from a teammate perspective.”

Bryant’s agent told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that the 25-year-old felt ill on Monday morning and went to see a doctor. As Bouchette notes, Bryant has missed some practice time the last two weeks with what the Steelers labeled an illness.

Even though Bryant recently mocked a report about him wanting to be traded, he is not fooling anyone anymore. The problem is he has been suspended multiple times for failed drug tests, so the Steelers know they aren’t going to get anything for him in a trade. Unless Bryant becomes an unmanageable headache, the team will probably just ride it out.

Martavis Bryant reportedly missed Steelers team meeting Monday

Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant clearly wants nothing to do with playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers anymore, but is the wide receiver going to just stop showing up for work?

On Monday, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Bryant was absent from mandatory team meetings. One of Bryant’s teammates said the 25-year-old “called in sick.”

Bryant’s agent said his client was at the doctor on Monday morning.

It would be unfair to accuse Bryant of lying before having all of the facts, but the timing certainly raises some red flags.

Earlier this month, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bryant is unhappy in Pittsburgh and wants to be traded. Bryant later mocked that report with a pretty funny comment, but his actions since then have indicated that it was accurate.

Following Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Bryant criticized Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in an Instagram comment that was later deleted. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler later spoke with someone close to Bryant who says the receiver “wants out” of Pittsburgh.

Bryant has been suspended multiple times for failed drug tests, and he could be facing another suspension now for conduct detrimental to the team. The Steelers have little chance of finding a trade partner for him, but an outright release isn’t out of the question.

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