The situation with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant grows slightly stranger with every passing day.
On Monday morning, Bryant didn’t turn up at the team meetings. This was after a one-catch performance in the win over the Cincinnati Bengals that saw him net just three yards. For a guy who was unhappy with his role, that was a tiny performance.
“Martavis Bryant did not show up for required Steelers meetings Monday,” wrote Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “‘Called in sick’ one teammate said.”
While that sounds like an excuse, there may be more truth to it than many would assume. Knowing the rumors it would spark, his agent quickly backed him up.
“Spoke to his agent Tom Santanello, who said Bryant went to the doctor this morning,” noted NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Of course, it’s in Santanello’s best interests to make sure his client looks good, especially if he’s about to be traded to another team. There have been plenty of rumors that he wants that trade, which he’s denied.
Still, it does give those Monday morning claims a bit more weight. Bryant may really have called in sick.
Had he gone to the meetings, things may have been a bit awkward with fellow wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster. After the game, Bryant laid into the rookie on social media.
“JuJu is no where near better than me, fool,” Bryant said. “All they need to do is give me what I want and y’all can have JuJu and whoever else.”
It will be very interesting to see if this string of issues with Bryant means the Steelers have no choice but to make a move.