March 14, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Sources: Martavis Bryant accepts NFL one-year suspension, to begin serving immediately
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is accepting a one-year suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy for multiple new violations following a previous suspension from the league, according to league sources. Bryant had originally planned to appeal the suspension, but instead will start serving the suspension, which will span an entire calendar year under NFL rules governing suspended players. Bryant missed several scheduled drug tests, which counts the same as a failed test, had a diluted specimen, which is the same as a failed test, along with a failed drug test for marijuana. This is a huge blow to Bryant and the Steelers. He's one of the top young receivers in the game. During a previous four-game suspension stemming from a positive drug test for marijuana, Bryant spent time in Houston working with noted counselor and former NBA coach and player John Lucas. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.