Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who was suspended for the 2016 season for violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, applied for reinstatement with the league this week, according to Bryant’s agent, Thomas Santanello.
Bryant will be subject to a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell or his representative, along with a league medical advisor who will make a recommendation to Goodell based on the strength of the case. The reinstatement process is designed to “enable the Commissioner to render a decision within 60 days of the receipt of the application,” according to the league’s Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse, but the process can take longer than that if necessary.
News of Bryant’s suspension surfaced in March 2016; the NFL accepts applications no sooner than 60 days before the one-year anniversary of a suspension.
In recent months, Bryant underwent NFL-administered treatment while training and coaching local high school football in Henderson, Nevada.
Bryant emerged as an explosive playmaker for Pittsburgh, with 1,363 total yards and 15 touchdowns in his first 21 games. He has also missed 20 regular-season games due to suspensions in back-to-back years. Coach Mike Tomlin said he’s not sure what to expect in Bryant’s future, in part because there’s no resolution to his case.