Steelers fans know what it is like to have to wait. It is probably safe to say that waiting is one of the least favorite activities for anyone. But it is something we all must do from time to time. Fans will have to wait, for the time being, to find out if Ben Roethlisberger is going to play next season. Just like Steelers wide receiver, Martavis Bryant is being forced to wait to see if he’ll be allowed to play.
Bryant sat out last season because of a drug-related suspension but is eligible to return. He just has to apply to be reinstated and be approved. He was eligible to apply for reinstatement on January 28. According to the league’s drug policy, the commissioner is to respond within 60 days of receiving his application for reinstatement.
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That means he should be getting a response from Goodell by the end of the month. However, approval can take longer if deemed necessary. Bryant has yet to meet with Goodell (which is part of the process). If there is a meeting scheduled, no one is talking about it.
Supposedly, Bryant has added 15 pounds to his 6’4” frame. If he still has the same breakaway speed, he could certainly become a more dangerous weapon than he was before.
But the Steelers have learned with him. They are not tailoring the offense to better suit him or make life easier on him. They know they can do fine without him. So, they will wait for him to prove he is reliable and worthy of playing time before altering anything.
His return could certainly be a big boost for the Steelers offense next season. Defenses will have to pay him some attention. When they do, that means Antonio Brown will not be getting as much attention as defending him requires.
Whether he catches balls or makes it easier for Antonio Browns to do, either way, he could be the key to Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl dreams.