The NFL has cleared Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant for practice and pre-season games. He will be allowed back on the field for the first time since a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Bryant is not cleared for regular-season play yet. The NFL suspension was to be for a year, but was announced 16 months ago.
The Steelers have announced rookie quarterback Josh Dobbs will be the starter tomorrow night when they open their pre-season against the New York Giants. Dobbs was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft this year.
The Steelers are still waiting for running back Le’Veon Bell to sign his more than $12 million “franchise” tag offer and arrive at camp. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons have made running back Devonta Freeman to the NFL’s highest-paid with a new $41.25 million contract over five years. It includes a $15 millon signing bonus, and $22 million of the contract is guaranteed.