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NFL still mum on the reinstatement of Steelers WR Martavis Bryant

While the NFL could announce whether Martavis Bryant is reinstated any day, they also could sit on the case for as long as they want leading up to the 2017 season.

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Pittsburgh Steelers fans have been waiting a long time to hear whether suspended wide receiver Martavis Bryant will be back on the team in 2017, or if the NFL league office will deny his reinstatement to the league, a la Josh Gordon.

While the NFL could have made a ruling this week, they seem to be taking their time before announcing Bryant’s successful, or failed, reinstatement.

Bryant’s potential return could completely alter the team’s plan for the 2017 NFL Draft, as well as improve their depth chart at the wide receiver position.

In 2016, the team struggled without a genuine No. 2 receiver opposite Antonio Brown, despite Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates and Cobi Hamilton doing their best to fill the gigantic shoes of Bryant.

While Bryant, and the Steelers, await the decision of the NFL, the team very well could target a wide receiver in the upcoming draft, but with the aforementioned players still on the roster with Bryant, the depth chart is completely altered, and suddenly the receiver position isn’t as big a need as once thought.

However, if the NFL deems Bryant hasn’t done enough to be reinstated, the Steelers will likely be looking at the receiver position, possibly early, in the upcoming draft.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news on the black and gold and the Martavis Bryant reinstatement decision.