PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers and Martavis Bryant mutually agreed that Bryant could train away from Pittsburgh for much of his four-game suspension assuming he stays in shape, stays out of trouble and improves himself, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
Bryant is in the NFL's substance abuse program after failing multiple drug tests for marijuana use. He's eligible to return to the practice field after the Steelers' Oct. 1 game against the Baltimore Ravens. He can participate in the Oct. 12 game against the San Diego Chargers. Bryant is currently training at least twice a day and plans to return to Pittsburgh before the Ravens game to get re-acclimated.
Bryant is likely subject to drug testing while away, and players in the program can receive treatment or therapy, depending on whether the clinician assigned to the player recommends it. Disciplinary status does not determine the extent of treatment.
Bryant averaged 21 yards per catch and recorded eight touchdowns as a rookie last year.
Suspended players are allowed to attend meetings and work out at the facility but can't touch the practice field.
Meanwhile, another suspended playmaker, running back Le'Veon Bell, has been training out of the Steelers' facility. Bell told ESPN in August he was considering visiting Miami during part of his two-game suspension, but he's been in Pittsburgh the last two weeks and attended the Michigan State-Oregon game on Saturday. Bell can return to action next week against St. Louis.