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Martavis Bryant, Josh Gordon could be cleared by NFL for training camp

Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant and Josh Gordon are suspended indefinitely by the NFL, but don’t discount a return to the league for either of them. In fact, one reporter says the two could even be cleared to return by training camp, although that won’t be easy.

NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero says that if both players follow their treatment plans, the NFLPA could begin work in May on the reinstatement process for both players.

Bryant played in eight games for the Oakland Raiders last season but was suspended for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time.

Gordon played in 12 games, mostly with the Patriots following his trade from Cleveland. He has missed two full seasons and parts of four others due to numerous suspensions.

As great as this news is for optimists, the reality is it’s incredibly difficult for any team to count on either player. They’re constantly in trouble with the league and completely unreliable. I wouldn’t bother wasting a roster spot or any mental energy “hoping” either one of these repeat violators finally cleans things up.

Martavis Bryant suspended indefinitely for violating substance abuse policy

Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant’s NFL career is hanging in the balance after being suspended once again for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Bryant was hit with an indefinite suspension for violating the terms of reinstatement regarding his previous suspension.

This is Bryant’s third suspension. He played 2018 with the Oakland Raiders on appeal, but that appeal has fallen short. The 26-year-old is facing perhaps a year on the sidelines, if not longer, as a result of this violation. With it being his third substance abuse suspension since entering the NFL in 2014, the chances of leniency are pretty much out the window.

Martavis Bryant likely to miss several weeks with PCL injury

Martavis Bryant

The Oakland Raiders will be without wide receiver Martavis Bryant for at least a few weeks due to the PCL injury he sustained Sunday.

Coach Jon Gruden announced Wednesday that Bryant would miss at least a couple weeks and possibly more.

It’s still not clear if Bryant will need surgery, but it’s clear that the initial fears about his injury were warranted. We’re already into Week 11, and it wouldn’t take much at this point for Bryant’s injury to be considered season-ending.

Bryant hasn’t been a huge factor for the Raiders this year. The 26-year-old has 19 catches for 266 yards, and hasn’t found the end zone in 2018.

Report: Martavis Bryant has possible PCL tear

Martavis Bryant

It looks like the Oakland Raiders will be without wide receiver Martavis Bryant for at least some time.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Bryant suffered a possible PCL tear during Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, and is expected to miss at least a bit of time going forward.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden admitted after the game that the team was “really concerned” about Bryant’s status.

Bryant hasn’t been a huge contributor statistically this season, but the Raiders can hardly afford many more losses. This doesn’t look good, at least in the short term.

15 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 4

Ryan Fitzpatrick Conor McGregor

Week 4 of the NFL season got started off with a high-scoring affair on Thursday night between the Vikings and Rams. The trend of big offensive games continued on Sunday, with multiple teams scoring in the 30s and several quarterbacks torching defenses. We saw some head-scratching coaching moves, some defenses get burned, teams that failed to show up, and players who put up stinkers.

Let’s take a look at the 15 biggest disappointments from Week 4.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buccaneers

Fitzmagic is over. Fitzpatrick was benched at halftime of Tampa Bay’s blowout loss to Chicago, though things weren’t solely his fault. Despite his 400-yard game against Pittsburgh, the cracks began to show last week and were put on full display against Chicago, as he went 9-of-18 for 126 yards and an interception. He’s unlikely to get his starting job back after facing a quality defense for the first time and proving to be little match for them.

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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.

Martavis Bryant reportedly expected to sign with Raiders, play amid appeal

Martavis Bryant

The Oakland Raiders may have cut Martavis Bryant earlier this month, but they’re bringing him back, according to a report.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Tuesday that Bryant and the Raiders are closing in on a 1-year-deal. He says Bryant would be expected to play in the team’s Week 2 game against Denver.

Bryant was released amid a report saying he was facing a suspension from the NFL, pending an appeal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the receiver is facing a year-long suspension, which would be the second of his career (he was suspended for all of 2016).

The Raiders passed for over 300 yards in a loss to the Rams on Monday night, but the bulk of the yardage (108) went to tight end Jared Cook. What’s interesting is that Pelissero says the Raiders reached out to Bryant, seemingly indicating they are desperate for wide receiver help.