"Martavis Bryant has been informed by the National Football League that he is now permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games", Colbert said in a statement. However, the team remained in good hopes and even expressed optimism that the word would come in before the first preseason game.
While fans, coaches and teammates will be pleased to have him back on the field, no one can be as happy as Bryant to be able to resume practice after more than a year away.
Bryant is still under conditional reinstatement and hasn't been cleared for regular-season games, but Bryant has done what the league has asked of him since serving a yearlong suspension for multiple drug violations.More news: Justice Minister: Trump's rhetoric around North Korea 'unhelpful and scary'
However, per the NFL's official statement, Bryant would only be allowed to take part in all preseason activities "once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Bryant's clinical resources in Pittsburgh".
In order to gain full reinstatement for the regular season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, Bryant must continue to attend mandatory counseling sessions. In 2015, he posted 50 catches, 765 yards and 6 touchdowns in 11 games.
In two seasons, Bryant has played in 21 games, hauled in 76 receptions, and 14 touchdowns.