Report: Raiders WR Bryant can play during appeal

The Oakland Raiders can use wide receiver Martavis Bryant while he appeals a year-long suspension, ESPN reported.

The NFL is expected to hear the appeal in the coming weeks, but apparently will allow Bryant to play in the meantime.

The Raiders, who look to avoid an 0-2 start when they face the Denver Broncos on Sunday, re-signed Bryant to a one-year deal 10 days after releasing him on Sept. 1.

At the time of Bryant’s release, reports were circulating that he potentially was facing his third suspension in four seasons. Multiple reports claim Bryant again violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy during the offseason.

The 26-year-old Clemson product was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season and the entire 2016 season because of positive drug tests while he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bryant caught 50 passes for 603 yards and three touchdowns for the Steelers last season. The Raiders acquired him for a third-round draft pick in the offseason.

Bryant has 126 catches for 1,917 yards and 17 touchdowns in 36 games (16 starts). He has averaged 15.2 yards per reception in his career.

–Field Level Media

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