One week after a report that the Oakland Raiders were bracing for possible disciplinary action against wide receiver Martavis Bryant, another story out of the Bay Area offered a positive outlook for the team’s recent acquisition.
Bryant, according to Vic Tafur of the Athletic, has not been notified by the NFL of any pending discipline. Furthermore, the report says that Bryant is clean and hasn’t missed a drug test.
The NFL has not commented on either report against Bryant, who was acquired by the Raiders from the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Bryant was suspended for the entire 2016 season due to multiple violations of the league’s policy on substance abuse while he was with the Steelers.
Last week, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, citing sources, reported that Oakland team officials were awaiting word on whether Bryant was facing additional punishment from the NFL.
One of the conditions of Bryant’s reinstatement from his suspension was a requirement that he work with a clinician while coordinating his offseason activities. Failure to due so could result in disciplinary action.
Bryant returned from his year-long banishment and appeared in 15 games (eight starts) for the Steelers in 2017. He tied his career high with 50 receptions for 603 yards and three touchdowns.
A fourth-round pick out of Clemson in the 2014 draft, Bryant scored eight touchdowns on only 26 receptions as a rookie, averaging an eye-popping 21.1 yards per catch.
The 6-foot-4, 211-pound Bryant followed that up by hauling in 50 receptions for 765 yards and six scores during his sophomore campaign.
Bryant is expected to be an integral part of Oakland’s revamped wide receiving corps that includes free-agent signee Jordy Nelson.