Argos place former NFL receiver Martavis Bryant on suspended list

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The Toronto Argonauts have placed former NFL receiver Martavis Bryant on the suspended list to start training camp.

Players are typically placed on the suspended list after not arriving to training camp or leaving the team and missing practice during the season without team approval. Players placed on the suspended list do not count against the active roster or reserve list limits.

The six-foot-four, 210-pound receiver was selected in the fourth round, 118th overall during the 2014 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers

Bryant made 26 receptions for 549 yards and eight touchdowns in ten games as a rookie, establishing himself as a deep threat. He improved on those numbers the following season, catching 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns.

The Clemson University product was traded to the Oakland Raiders prior to the 2018 season. He was facing a possible suspension for violating the league’s off-season drug policy but managed to dress for eight games. Bryant was subsequently suspended indefinitely in December 2018 after violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement to the NFL.

In total, Bryant has recorded 145 receptions for 2,183 yards and 17 touchdowns in 44 regular season NFL games. He ran a 4.42 forty-yard dash at Clemson’s pro day and recorded a 39-inch vertical.

Bryant signed with the Argos in January following two full seasons out of the NFL.

Update: head coach Ryan Dinwiddie spoke to the media on Saturday and specified that Bryant is having “passport issues.” The team is hopeful that he will join them soon.