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Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has dropped his appeal and accepted his one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the team announced on Monday.

By SI Wire
March 14, 2016

Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has dropped his appeal and accepted his one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the team announced on Monday.

Bryant, 24, was suspended last week for a second violation of the league’s policy. He was suspended the first four games of the 2015 season, but had his appeal of the ban upheld.

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“[Martavis] is at a crossroads of his professional life, and he needs to understand significant changes need to occur in his personal life if he wants to regain his career as a Pittsburgh Steeler,” general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement Monday.

“We are hopeful that Martavis will take the necessary steps to develop the discipline in his personal life to become a successful player and a good teammate.”

The Steelers will likely look to wideout Markus Wheaton to start in Bryant’s place.

The 2014 third-round pick caught 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns for Pittsburgh last season. He made a memorable touchdown catch in the 2015 postseason during a crazy win over the Bengals.

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