Raiders Martavis Bryant suspended indefinitely by NFL - substance abuse No. 3

Receiver Martavis Bryant -- suspended indefinitly© Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Troubled wide receiver has been on injured reserve since December 5 (knee).

Three strikes and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant is out of the NFL indefinitely for violating its substance abuse policy.

In a statement, an NFL spokesman said: “Effective immediately, Martavis Bryant has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his April 2017 conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.”

Bryant was suspended twice while in Pittsburgh for violating the league policy on substance abuse. Bryant had to sit out four games in 2015 and all of the 2016 season. But the Raiders traded a third-round pick to the Steelers in April for the troubled but talented player and he is on a one-season contract.

The Raiders released Bryant on September 1, then re-signed him ten days later.

However, Bryant has been on injured reserve since December 5 (knee).

Bryant played eight games with the Raiders, with 19 catches for 266 yards and no touchdowns. His contract expires after this season.