The Pittsburgh Steelers had to wait 4 weeks for Martavis Bryant to return from a 4-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. It seems as though the organization, and their fan base, will have to wait at least another week before Bryant returns to the playing field.
ICYMI, Martavis Bryant tweaked his knee in practice and is unlikely to play in Week 5. Keep him benched for now.— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) October 10, 2015
As reported by Michael Fabiano of NFL.com, Bryant "tweaked" his knee in practice early in the week, and is unlikely to play against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. This would make sense of Michael Vick's comments how he has only had one day to work with Bryant since his return, and that day was Monday of this week.
If there is a silver lining to this situation, it would be the fact the Steelers have proven they can move the ball without Bryant in the lineup. Darrius Heyward-Bey has been used on more than one occasion to take the top off the opposing defense, and despite Heyward-Bey being a far cry from Bryant, they have proven it to be successful in the first quarter of the season.
The loss of Ben Roethlisberger and the nod to Michael Vick at quarterback only compounds the loss of Bryant. If he is unable to play Monday it will mean a wide receiving corps of Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates.
With that said, the organization has to hope this is a minor knee injury which could have Bryant ready to play against the Arizona Cardinals at Heinz Field in Week 6. Until Ben Roethlisberger's return, the Steelers could use all the weapons they can get.