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Steelers WR Martavis Bryant will play against the Colts this weekend, HC Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. Bryant's role is completely uncertain, though, after rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster's massive game last time out. The matchup is ideal, but Bryant is just a fantasy flier for Week 10.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is officially inactive for tonight’s game against the Lions. He’s a healthy scratch. We’ll see if he gets dealt before Tuesday’s trade deadline. JuJu Smith-Schuster will serve as Pittsburgh’s #2 WR tonight, while Eli Rogers figures to play an expanded role.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant told the media on Wednesday that he'll be inactive for Sunday night's game against the Lions. Bryant has been underwhelming on the field so far and a distraction off it. It's unclear what Pittsburgh will do with him beyond this week. The trade deadline is October 31. Bryant's absence makes JuJu Smith-Schuster a more intriguing Week 8 fantasy play -- assuming he can pass through the concussion protocol.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant failed to show up for a mandatory Monday meeting, according to insider Ed Bouchette. Bryant seems to be working hard on punching himself a ticket out of Pittsburgh. He's played less than 53% of the snaps in 2 straight weeks and totaled just 3 catches on 5 targets over that span. We'll see if he gets dealt before next Tuesday's trade deadline. He's impossible to trust in fantasy lineups right now.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Steelers WR Martavis Bryant will see an "increased role" in the offense today against the Bengals. "No subbing out today," Rapoport tweeted. That would mark a nice boost after Bryant played a season-low 51.6% of the snaps against the Chiefs last week. The Cincinnati matchup is negative for WR scoring, but Bryant's deep-ball prowess gives him big upside (and risk) any week.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant recently requested to be traded, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Bryant has been a major disappointment through 6 games, topping 48 yards just once with 1 total TD. He's been getting out-snapped by rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster. We'll see whether anything comes of the trade request, but it certainly won't help his standing with the coaching staff and his teammates.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Steelers WR Martavis Bryant will play against the Jaguars today, despite the illness that rendered him questionable for the game. The matchup, of course, remains a big hurdle between Bryant and worthwhile fantasy output in Week 5.

The NFL has cleared Steelers WR Martavis Bryant for regular-season practices and games, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So Bryant has finally received full reinstatement from the league. He'll be on the field for the opener against the Browns in 9 days -- his 1st meaningful NFL action since January of 2016. The long layoff adds risk to Bryant's fantasy outlook, but he produced as a high-upside WR2 the last time we saw him. There's plenty of value here at his WR26 ADP.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is still awaiting full reinstatement by the NFL. The team is expecting that to come before the season opener, however, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bryant played in the 2nd and 3rd preseason games and has reportedly shed 15 pounds from his previous playing weight. Bryant presents big upside on his WR26 ADP.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant took part in practice Sunday for the 1st time in roughly 2 years. The NFL only just cleared him for preseason activities after conditionally reinstating the suspended WR. Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Bryant said he has "a lot of work to do" to get back to his old form on the field but that he expects to be there before the regular season begins. Bryant also said he's confident the league will reinstate him fully by then and that in the meantime he'll "just handle my business, do what I'm supposed to do, maintain my sobriety."

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been cleared for "preseason activities," according to ESPN's Field Yates. That presumably means both preseason games and training-camp practices. Bryant still isn't fully reinstated, but he appears to be moving in that direction. We're still expecting him to be on the field for Week 1. And he has a little more than 4 weeks to be on the field with his teammates before kickoff.

The NFL released a statement on Steelers WR Martavis Bryant's pending reinstatement on Friday. “Bryant may join the Steelers at the training facility and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities,” the statement said. “Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Bryant’s clinical resources in Pittsburgh, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games.” After that, Bryant's status will again be reviewed ahead of Week 1. “Prior to the start of the regular season, the NFL will review Bryant’s progress. Based on his compliance and engagement with his program and resources, he will be permitted to participate in all regular season activities beginning in Week 1. He will be evaluated later in the season for full reinstatement.” We're still expecting Bryant to be on the field for the start of the season, but he still has a couple of hurdles to cross. The missed practice time is also a concern for his early-season production. He remains a risk/reward pick at his 4th- or 5th-round price tag.

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert revealed Thursday that WR Martavis Bryant has yet to be fully reinstated by the league. "We have been informed by the NFL that Martavis is still in the process of being fully reinstated," Colbert said. "Until that time, Martavis will be permitted to take part in off-the-field team activities at training camp, but he will not be permitted to practice or play in any games.” There's no reason to believe Bryant won't eventually be reinstated, but as usual with the NFL, we don't have a concrete timeline for when that will happen. Out of the league all last year, Bryant can't afford to miss much practice time.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has officially been reinstated from his indefinite suspension, GM Kevin Colbert announced on Tuesday. The decision took longer than expected, but it seemed to be heading this way for a while after Bryant has seemingly kept his nose clean for the past year. The last time we saw him -- back in 2015 -- he tallied 765 yards and 6 TDs in just 11 games, finishing 21st among WRs in PPR points per game. Still only 25 years old, he's capable of returning to that level of production on a high-octane Steelers offense.

A decision on Steelers WR Martavis Bryant's reinstatement is expected to come by March 29. That's 60 days from January 28, when Bryant officially applied for reinstatement. Bryant has stayed clean over the past year, rehabbing, training and coaching high school football. We're expecting him to be reinstated, but we'll find out for sure within the next couple of weeks. Still just 25, Bryant is capable of re-emerging as a major asset for both the Steelers and fantasy football owners.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has applied for reinstatement, according to insider Tom Pelissero. Bryant was suspended last March for the entire 2016 season after failing 6 drug tests. He subsequently checked into rehab for both the drug problem and depression. Sports Illustrated recently posted an interview with Bryant, though, that showed him in good spirits and seemingly rededicated to football. If reinstated, Bryant will return for the 2017 at still only 25 years old. There's time for him to turn his career around. He remains a dynasty hold.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant plans to enter rehab for his depression and drug issues.  “We’re all stunned, me included,” Bryant's agent said. “We clearly miscalculated the issue. His isn’t a party issue. It’s a coping issue and a depression issue, and he’s got to take care of it.”  Bryant is facing a full-season ban for multiple missed drug tests.  He's appealing the ban, but it isn't expected to be overturned.  Like Cleveland's Josh Gordon, Bryant will be able to apply for reinstatement in 1 year.  If he can get back on track off the field, he could return in 2017 at 25 years old.

Per team insider Dejan Kovacevic, Steelers WR Martavis Bryant received a full-season suspension for again violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Bryant’s agent confirmed the news. With the 24-year-old out of action, Pittsburgh will lean more on Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates and newcomer Ladarius Green. It sounds like the Steelers will keep Bryant on the team, but he will not be eligible to play or practice until he's reinstated by the NFL. 

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