Steelers' Martavis Bryant appealing four game substance-abuse policy suspension

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are thought to have one of the most potent collection of offensive talents in the entire NFL heading into the new season.

Unfortunately for Mike Tomlin and co. though, after today's events it might take them a while to get all of their star players onto the field at the same time.


This after ESPN's Adam Schefter revealed this afternoon that wide receiver Martavis Bryant is facing up to a four-game suspension from the NFL after falling foul of the league's substance-abuse policy.


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With 2014 breakout star Le'Veon Bell already set to miss the Steelers' opening two games as he himself serves a substance-abuse related suspension, Pittsburgh will hope that Bryant's appeal doesn't fall on deaf ears in the coming weeks.

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Although Antonio Brown is undoubtedly the AFC North team's lead wide receiver, Bryant was expected to begin the 2015 season as the number two option for Ben Roethlisberger having impressed in his rookie campaign.

After missing the opening six games in 2014, the 23-year-old racked up 549 yards and eight touchdowns on just 26 catches and there had been talk in Pittsburgh that Big Ben would be seriously increasing those targets after the youngster returned from the offseason in excellent shape.

Martavis Bryant's loss could be another young wide receiver's gain however with Markus Wheaton now next in line to get those targets.

Slow start

Even with a talented option to replace Bryant Pittsburgh Steelers fans will be cursing their luck after the latest setback. With a Super Bowl a target in 2015 the team cannot afford to start slow this season, the loss of Martavis Bryant doesn't exactly help them in that aim.

Steelers fans: Can your team cope without both Bell and Bryant, and what record will you have when he returns in Week 5? Have your say in the comments below...

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