Martavis Bryant injured in practice, held out for precautionary reasons

Joe Sargent

Bryant was apparently injured Friday while attempting to make a leaping catch during the Steelers rookie minicamp. He was held out of practice Saturday.

Update: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Bryant may come back for the afternoon session of Saturday's practice.

Post Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette, among others, reported Steelers rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant was injured Friday during practice, and was held out Saturday.

The Steelers have the rest of Saturday and a light session Sunday before concluding their rookie minicamp and orientation.

It's likely nothing, but since none of the players are under contract, especially the draft picks, any hint of problem will get him holding a playbook on the sideline as soon as they can get him one.

Probably Bryant as much as any of the others. He's expected to fill a role on the Steelers in 2014 as a deep threat and red zone target. With a combination of size and speed no other receiver on the roster can match, Missing a few reps with non-Ben Roethlisberger quarterbacks isn't nearly as bad as a sprained ankle or a strained hamstring.

Reports circulated Friday about the up and down level of quality from the quarterbacks on hand, but Bryant was likely just letting the competitive nature of the game take over, and went a bit harder than he should have.

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