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Report: Raiders fear disciplinary actions await WR Martavis Bryant

While it is unsure what discipline awaits, this isn’t a good sign for the Oakland Raiders.

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For the Pittsburgh Steelers, during the 2018 NFL Draft they decided to part ways with wide receiver Martavis Bryantto acquire a 3rd round draft pick. After all, with Bryant being a 4th round pick himself, it certainly seemed like a great deal for the black-and-gold.

On top of the tangibles on the field, Bryant’s off-field issues certainly had to make pulling the trigger on this trade easier. After being suspended for an entire year due to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, one more slip up could have him seeing Josh Gordon-type treatment.

Luckily for the Steelers, and not-so-lucky for the Raiders, reports are suggesting more bad news could be coming for the former Clemson wide receiver.

This per Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

The Raiders fear potential NFL discipline might be imminent for wide receiver Martavis Bryant, sources said Thursday, inciting internal uneasiness at the conclusion of an otherwise encouraging spring workout program.

Multiple team officials declined comment as they left for a weekslong break before training camp, but they acknowledged the club is awaiting final word on the situation. It is believed to pertain to the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

While this could be nothing more than rumors, or bad sources, the news is spreading throughout the Raiders’ locker room.

Word of possible league discipline has reached various corners of the locker room.

Bryant practiced Tuesday and Wednesday. He did not participate in Thursday’s conclusion to minicamp.


It is unlikely the Steelers knew about the impending discipline on Bryant when they made the trade with the Raiders on Day 1 of the draft, but this news, if true, certainly does make the trade look even better than it did on draft day.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this story, and others surrounding the black-and-gold this offseason.