Martavis Bryant was back working with the first-team offense Monday when the Steelers resumed practice after a four-day break on their bye. The issue is whether the embattled wide receiver will be in that same spot Sunday when the Steelers open the second half of their season at the Indianapolis Colts. After being benched against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 29 because of his controversial social media posts, Bryant is looking for a chance to rejoin his teammates on the field. He has been given no indication the benching will extend past that one game. “I'm pretty sure I'm going to be out there,” Bryant said. “It's a long week. It's only Monday. I'll come back in here Wednesday, get the game plan and go from there.” Bryant's representatives had asked the Steelers for a trade, but one was not granted by the Oct. 31 deadline. Bryant is bound to the Steelers contractually through the 2018 season. Coach Mike Tomlin approached Bryant in the locker room Monday after practice and joked about all of the television cameras surrounding the wide receiver's locker. It was a much lighter mood than Tomlin displayed after the 20-15 win over the Lions when he was asked whether he was confident Bryant could contribute in the second half. “I'm not,” Tomlin said. “We'll see.” Bryant heard Tomlin's words but doesn't share in his coach's lack of confidence. “That ain't my business to worry about what someone else says,” Bryant said. “Even though he's the coach, I still have to go out and prepare and show him what I'm capable of. You have to pull yourself along. I wasn't down on myself at all about what he said.” Offensive coordinator Todd Haley envisions Bryant playing a part in the Steelers offense over the final eight games.
Steelers' Martavis Bryant works with 1st-team offense, vows to make fresh start
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Nov 7