Martavis Bryant: "My issues are behind me"


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Bryant is one of the top young playmakers in the NFL
Bryant is one of the top young playmakers in the NFL

Former Clemson wide receiver Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
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will be eligible to play against the San Diego Chargers next Monday night after serving a four-game suspension for substance abuse.

Bryant returned to Steelers' practice on Monday for the first time since being reinstated and has a very positive and healthy outlook on things.

“My issues are behind me, and now I am going to move forward with my career and be a better role model for the kids and continue to work and continue to put a better image out there for myself,” Bryant said via the Tribune-Review on Monday. “I really learned a lot about myself and how to keep myself out of certain situations that will get me in trouble.”

Bryant went to a counseling facility in Houston for three weeks and had an opportunity to reflect while away from the game of football.

“I sought help outside of the facility to be more focused,” Bryant said. “I learned a lot about myself, especially from the mistakes I've made. I learned from it and I just want to move forward. I'm going to put everything in the past and work on becoming better from it, and be a better football player.”

In the preseason, Bryant had an impressive eight catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns.

Bryant had 26 catches for 549 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season (9 games). The eight touchdowns were tied for fourth-most among NFL rookies, and he was only the eighth Steeler's rookie to reach 500 yards.

At Clemson, Bryant had 61 receptions for 1,354 yards and 13 touchdowns along with a 17-yard carry and 291 yards on 14 kickoff returns in 1,020 snaps over 37 games (13 starts) in his career ... first in school history in yards per reception (22.2) and tied for 10th in receiving touchdowns.

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