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Suspended NFL WR Martavis Bryant signs with Toronto Argonauts

Jan. 25 (UPI) — Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who remains suspended by the NFL, has signed with the Toronto Argonauts, the Canadian Football League team said Monday.

Bryant, 29, last played in the NFL in 2018 for the Oakland Raiders, under an appeal of a year-long suspension for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He was suspended indefinitely in December 2018.


Bryant has applied unsuccessfully for reinstatement into the NFL. He also was suspended for the entire 2017 season for a violation of the same policy.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound pound wide receiver was a fourth-round pick by the Steelers in the 2014 NFL Draft. He had 26 catches for 549 yards and eight touchdowns during his rookie year. Bryant had a career-high 765 yards in 2015.

He had 145 catches for 2,183 yards and 17 receiving touchdowns in 44 games during his NFL tenure.

The Argonauts on Monday also announced that they resigned defensive back Alden Darby, who spent time with the San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts before he joined the Argonauts in 2017.

The Argonauts have a preseason game against the Hamilton Tiger Cats on May 27 in Toronto. They start the regular season June 19. The 2020 CFL season was canceled in August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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