The Pittsburgh Steelers have activated wide receiver Martavis Bryant to their 53-man roster, the team announced on their website yesterday. In order to make room, the team has released safety Ross Ventrone.
Bryant was suspended for the first four games of the season due to violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
However, as he was practicing for a scheduled return in week five against the San Diego Chargers, he injured his knee on October 5 and, therefore, he was unable to play, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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In his rookie year, Bryant achieved 549 receiving yards and eight touchdowns from 26 receptions. He also had the highest yards-per-catch average in the league last season with 21.1 yards-per-catch.
The return of the second-year wideout means the Steelers have another weapon on their offense in the absence of their starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Under Michael Vick, the AFC North side managed to beat the San Diego Chargers in the dying embers of the game thanks to a Le'Veon Bell touchdown.
Bryant's inclusion in the roster will hopefully mean these wins are easier to come by this Sunday when they play against the Arizona Cardinals. Vick will be able to spread the ball around a lot easier against what is a tough defense to open up the passing game, with Bryant, Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Heath Miller, and Bell all viable targets.
Now they just need Roethlisberger to come back and they'll have all the pieces on offense to go deep in the playoffs this season.