Martavis Bryant, the Steelers’ talented but troubled wide receiver, is facing a full-season NFL suspension in 2016 for again violating the league’s substance abuse policy, two sources confirmed to DKPittsburghSports.com this morning and a third this afternoon.
Bryant and his agent, Tom Santanello, have filed an appeal. If the suspension goes through, it would be a shocking, seismic blow to a contending team that’s set a seventh Super Bowl as its goal for next season.
If this report is accurate and Bryant is indeed suspended for the year, then it's obviously a big blow to the Pittsburgh offense and QB Ben Roethisberger. However, the two biggest beneficiaries of Bryant's potential absence are WR Markus Wheaton and TE Ladarius Green. If Bryant is out, Wheaton turns into a fantasy WR3 with WR2 upside while Green shouldn't have any problem seeing enough targets to make him a solid TE1.