His coach and teammates are “disappointed,” and Martavis Bryant is “embarrassed.”
The Steelers’ second-year receiver vowed to learn from his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
“I just want to own up to my mistake,” Bryant said Tuesday after sitting out practice with a minor ankle injury. “And I just want to move past it and get better.”
The Steelers knew about the possibility of a suspension for Bryant long enough ago that it was one reason they drafted receiver Sammie Coates in May, coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.
The NFL on Monday denied Bryant’s appeal of a suspension that will keep him off the active roster until Oct. 2. With Le’Veon Bell (suspension) and Maurkice Pouncey (injury) also out, the Steelers offense won’t be close to full strength for the opener.
Antonio Brown was asked if he echoed Tomlin saying he was “disappointed” by Bryant: “Personally, yeah, I am,” Brown said. “It isn’t the right thing to do when you have an owner like Mr. Rooney.”
Tomlin and Bryant will meet Friday to discuss Bryant’s schedule during his suspension. He will be permitted in the facility but not allowed to participate or watch practice.
“He has issues he is dealing with that are bigger than football,” Tomlin said.
“I embarrassed myself, I embarrassed my family, I embarrassed the team,” Bryant said. “I just want to move forward and learn from this and get better.”