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Cowboys Release former Steelers WR Martavis Bryant



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The Dallas Cowboys have released former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant, the team announced on Thursday.

Bryan made his return to the NFL earlier this season after he spent four years waiting out reinstatement for an indefinite suspension by commissioner Roger Goodell. He signed with the Cowboys practice squad on Nov. 7, but has been released without playing in a game.

Bryant, 31, has not played in the NFL since 2018, when he was with the Oakland Raiders. He was suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in 2018 after several failed drug tests for marijuana usage. He applied for reinstatement in 2019, but spent four years waiting to be reinstated, even after the NFL changed the rules so that Bryant would not longer have been suspended for his offenses if they occurred today.

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Since he got the boot from the league, Bryant has been playing anywhere and everywhere, spending time with the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League, at least two indoor football teams. He then played this spring with the Vegas Vipers of the XFL.

With the Vipers, where Bryant played under former Steelers cornerback Rod Woodson, Bryant caught 14 passes for 154 yards this season. Vegas struggled to throw the ball all season, with Jalen McClendon and Brett Hundley completing less than 60% of their passes.

Since 2021, NFL players are now only required to test for marijuana once per season between the start of training camp and the club’s first preseason game. Players who fail the test are subjected only to a fine for most violations. The league also dramatically increased the testing threshold for a positive result.

Selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bryant spent the first three seasons of his career in Pittsburgh, catching 126 passes for 1,917 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Steelers traded Bryant to the Oakland Raiders before the 2018 season, but he played in just eight games before the suspension.