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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Report: Raiders’ Martavis Bryant playing on suspension appeal

Martavis Bryant

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant is only allowed to play because of a suspension appeal, according to a new report.

Bryant is facing a yearlong suspension over another violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, but is still being allowed to play by the NFL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That’s because he’s appealing that suspension, and they’re content with allowing him to play until a decision is reached on his appeal.

The fact that they may get a few weeks out of Bryant was a big reason the Raiders were comfortable bringing Bryant back, even if it turns out to be on a temporary basis.

It’s unclear how long it will take before Bryant’s appeal is heard. Indications are it should happen within a few weeks, and Bryant’s camp is even optimistic about the appeals process.

It came as a pretty big surprise that the Raiders were bringing Bryant back. They clearly think he can help, even if it turns out to be on a very limited basis.

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