Breaking news from Pittsburgh is that Martavius Bryant is facing a yearlong suspension for substance abuse. Bryant has been a key piece to the Steelers aerial attack, particularly in the redzone where his 6-4 frame makes him a big target for QB Ben Roethisberger. His speed, and ability under the deep ball also allow extra space underneath for All Pro Antonio Brown to work in. It has been reported that Bryant has violated the substance abuse policy of the NFL, and although punishment is yet to be confirmed, the wideout has stated he will appeal any suspension handed down. It is worth remembering that the league substance abuse policy is stepped, with different punishments based on the number of times the policy has been violated. Bryant has been in the leagues abuse program almost since he entered the league, serving a 4 game suspension last season, which is why he is facing a full season ban this time. The NFL substance abuse policy is complicated, involving a 3 stage process of escalating severity. Due to the prospective ban length Bryant must already be in Stage 3 of the program. Interestingly, we also can deduce that Bryant has been found to have been using a substance other than marijuana (unless he has been caught twice recently) as a positive test for that would only incur a 10 game ban under the current policy. The Steelers have declined to comment until the league releases any news. This is bad news for the Steelers, and they will be watching the process play out very closely. If they lose him for an extended period, it could damage the team’s quest for the Lombardi Trophy.