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Bryant will not play Sunday

Posted Oct 25, 2017

WR Martavis Bryant said on Wednesday that he will not play in the Steelers game vs. the Lions on Sunday.

Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant will not play on Sunday night against the Detroit Lions.

"I’m not playing, which is fine," Bryant said after practice today. "I mean, I’m not trippin'."

"It is what it is."

Bryant said he spoke with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on Tuesday.

Bryant said he was informed he isn’t playing against the Lions because of "social media".

"We both got on the same page," Bryant said. "All we can do is just learn from it, get better and move on."

Bryant had sounded off on social media following the Steelers’ wins on Oct. 15 at Kansas City and last Sunday against Cincinnati, expressing frustration with his current situation with the Steelers.

Tomlin described Bryant as "somewhat of a distraction" on Tuesday.

"It’s OK to want more playing time and want to be a central reason why we are successful provided that you relay that in an appropriate way," Tomlin said. "Social media is not the appropriate way."

The NFL trade deadline is 4 p.m., Oct. 31.

Tomlin said on Tuesday Bryant is “not available via trade.”

Other subjects addressed by Bryant today included:

If he regrets what has transpired: “I want to be the best. I’m not going to hide how I feel. What happened has happened, all I can do is move on from it.”

What kind of teammate he is: “I’m a great teammate. I love everybody in here. I work hard with everybody, try to get better with everybody. So as far as me having a beef in the locker room, I’ve never been that type of player.”

Whether he’s been told to stay off social media: “I’m just going to stay off it myself. I see what happens when I get on it. I attract a lot of attention. l learned form it. It is what it is. I’m just going to move on from it.”

How he’ll respond: “Keep working, see where it takes me, see what happens, that’s all I can do. If I’m not traded, I’m going to work my butt off here, and whatever happens, happens. You’re not going to hear me complain. I’m just going to be quiet and let everything find its way.”

His relationship with his teammates: “My teammates have always supported me. They know how I feel. They know I want to be one of the best. It is what it is. As far as me bringing distractions, I didn’t mean to do that. Unfortunately, it cost us.”

What he did at practice today: “I did practice squad (scout team) reps, giving a good look for the defense. The show must go on. Even if you’re not playing I’m going to still work on my craft.”

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The NFL has confirmed the Steelers-Patriots game on Dec. 17 at Heinz Field has been protected (cannot be flexed to a different time) and will be played at 4:25 p.m. as scheduled.