Former Clemson Tigers wide receiver Martavis Bryant appears to finally be ready to get back on the field.
The NFL informed Bryant on Wednesday night he is now permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games, for the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to NFL.com.
“He will continue to be evaluated as to his readiness to participate in regular-season activities under the terms of his conditional reinstatement,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement.
Bryant missed the entire 2016 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The league conditionally reinstated him in April, but when training camp opened two weeks ago, he still wasn’t able to practice because he hadn’t been fully reinstated.
Technically, Bryant still has another step to go to completely be ready for 2017. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports Bryant must continue to attend mandatory counseling sessions in order to be eligible for the regular season.
Bryant caught just 61 passes in his career at Clemson, but he averaged 22.2 yards per catch. Pittsburgh saw that big-play ability and drafted him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
He made an immediate impact as a rookie, averaging 21.1 yards per reception with 8 touchdowns catches in 10 games. In 2015, he posted 50 catches, 765 yards and 6 touchdowns in 11 games.
Bryant figures to slot alongside Antonio Brown and give Pittsburgh perhaps the best 1-2 wide receiver punch in the AFC this year.