Martavis Bryant, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has been demoted to the practice squad, and will not be playing against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Justin Hunter has taken over Bryant’s role as the #2 receiver until further notice.
Bryant has only had 18 receptions for 234 yards with one touchdown on the year so far, and missed the entire 2016 season due to multiple violations of the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy. Bryant has also been upset about his time with the Steelers this year, showing his frustrations all over social media to just about anyone who will listen to him.
#Steelers WR Martavis Bryant to me: "If they don’t try to include me more and continue to do the same thing, then I want out period." [Cont]
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) October 24, 2017
On Sunday night, he also trashed rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster on Instagram. After a comment came to Bryant with, “JuJu’s better,” Bryant snapped back, “Juju is no where near better than me fool all they need to do is give me what I want and y’all can have JuJu and who ever else.” These comments have since been deleted from Bryant’s Instagram.
Obviously there is a serious problem between Bryant and the rest of the Steelers organization, and I’m glad that the Steelers have stepped in to sit him down until they can figure out who they can dump his issues on. There are a lot of teams that could use another solid receiver, but once again, we have another player who thinks that asking for a trade passively through complaining on social media is a good idea. Eric Bledsoe from the Phoenix Suns just got benched for similar issues, and although Adrian Peterson did get what he asked for, the headaches that social media complaining causes are just not worth it for either side.
On the other hand, Maybe Bryant can figure out how to calm down and work with the team, who seems to be finally heading in the right direction. The Steelers have won three of their last four games, and are now 5-2, putting them in first in the AFC North. Updates will be provided as the story unfolds, but until then, where’s the best landing spot for the troubled Bryant? Let us know in the comments below.