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Steelers WR Martavis Bryant decides to not appeal suspension, will sit out 2016 without pay

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The Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant will not be on the team in 2016, as the receiver has decided not to appeal the suspension.

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When news broke over the weekend the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant was facing a possible suspension, his agents told media outlets they planned on appealing the suspension. After speaking with the NFL, they have decided to not appeal the suspension, meaning Bryant will accept the minimum one year ban without pay.

See the statement released by the NFL, per Steelers.com.

"Martavis Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been suspended without pay for a minimum of one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Bryant's suspension begins immediately."

The interesting aspect of the suspension is how the NFL adds the suspension is for a minimum of one year. Bryant will likely continue to be tested repeatedly during his suspension, and if he fails another test -- or misses one -- the suspension could be longer than the proposed one year ban.

Just like former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, if Bryant failse to get himself clean, there is a chance he could face an indefinite ban from the league, almost guaranteeing his release from the Steelers and putting his NFL future in serious jeopardy.

If you are wondering how the suspension will impact the Steelers' salary cap and his rookie contract status, we outline all this information right HERE.