ALAMEDA, California – For as long as the Oakland Raiders feared, recipient Martavis Bryant was suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Friday before the team set off for the Cincinnati Sunday game.
Bryant was placed injured reserve earlier this month with a knee injury.
"As of now, Martavis Bryant has been indefinitely returned to the Reserve / Commissioner Suspended list for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the Directive and the Abusive Substances Program in April 2017." The League said in a statement.
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The Raiders had released the talented but troubled receiver on September 1, but re-delivered Bryant on September 12 after the NFL had allowed this during its year-round suspension throughout the year , sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Bryant, who was bought by the Pittsburgh Steelers for a third round in a draft-day deal on April 27, had previously completed two suspensions and played four games in 2015 and throughout the 2016 season. He had career-lows at recordings (19), yards (266) and touchdown catches (none) in eight career opportunities for Oakland in 2018.
He was awaiting the deep menace in a reinterpreted Raiders who won the Corps along with Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson receives. However, Bryant struggled to keep on the practice field during the training camp, which was described by coach Jon Gruden as a "headache".
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"I do not know if you get this analogy, but sometimes he comes out to play and sometimes he does not. It's nice to see him, because he really special is like the white tiger. "
Nevertheless, Bryant did not make Oakland's first 53-man roster a surprising cut. The Raiders returned him 11 days later and gave an impression of the talent that led them to act for him.
Bryant said on his return that he valued Gruuden's form of hard love.
"I believe he challenges me to become the best person I can be." Bryant said at the time: "I do not take comments negatively, I take it as a motivating factor, he just wants me to be the best player and I thank him for it, you need hard love to be the best, I have a lot and he will continue to push me. "
It was a busy week for the 3-10 Raiders.
• General Manager Reggie McKenzie was released on Monday after beating the Steelers on Sunday's biggest win to win the season.
• One day later, the city of Oakland announced its intention to file a lawsuit against the Raiders and NFL for the team's move to Las Vegas in 2020.
• On Wednesday, the Raiders announced in retaliation that their planned $ 7.5 million lease for the Oakland Coliseum in 2019 was off the table, meaning that they will not be eligible for the upcoming season Home to Reno (Nevada), Santa Clara (California) and Glendale (Arizona).
• Thursday Cooper told a Dallas reporter that neither Gruden nor McKenzie want to barter him for the Cowboys, that the move was made exclusively by Raiders owner Mark Davis
Gruden said Friday he had no comment Cooper's statement.
"I've read a lot, I've heard a lot," Gruden said. "I've heard some things in the media that are absolutely funny, not even close by so I do not comment on it."
Gruden did then a timely reef.
"We need to prepare for Dan Ross, Boobie Clark," Gruden said, referring to a former Bengals challenger. "We have to look for Isaac Curtis in the middle, we need to prepare Tim Brown and all our receivers to play."
Would you be so surprised at the end of this week?