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backup role.It was probably for the best, at least early on,

Postby elaine95 » 2019-08-10 08:25

PITTSBURGH (AP)The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to trade Martavis Bryant. They also apparently don’t have any plans to play him either. At least not in Detroit. Bryant indicated he’ll be inactive when the first-place Steelers visit the Lions on Sunday night Jawaan Taylor Jersey , the fallout from a social media outburst in which the wide receiver made it clear he’s unhappy with his role in the offense. ”I’m fine,” Bryant said Wednesday. ”I ain’t tripping.” Passionately defiant at times, Bryant insisted he meant no ill will when he suggested he was better than rookie teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster during an Instagram comment shortly after Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati last weekend. Bryant deleted his initial response and replaced it with one in which he wrote he wanted to be on a team where he could ”gets mine.” Given a few days to cool off, Bryant instead doubled down, even though coach Mike Tomlin called Bryant’s comments “out of bounds.” ”I feel like I’m better than every receiver or any receiver I played with,” Bryant said. ”For (JuJu), he feels the same way. (Antonio Brown) feels the same way. Justin Hunter feels the same way. Everybody feel the same way.” Bryant, tied for third on the team with 18 receptions through seven games in his return from a year-plus suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, stressed he believes he’s a ”great teammate.” Several Steelers surrounded Bryant’s locker when he began to address a gaggle of media for the second time in as many weeks, though they quickly broke up. Maybe because the spectacle is becoming a bit too commonplace. A day after a dominant road victory in Kansas City on Oct. 15, he downplayed reports he wanted to be traded, reports that surfaced as the team was flying back to Pittsburgh that he wanted out. This time around, he didn’t dismiss the idea of being sent elsewhere before next Tuesday’s deadline. If anything Josh Oliver Jersey , he welcomed it, even though Tomlin stressed Bryant isn’t on the market. ”If I’m not traded, I’m going to work my butt off here and whatever happens, happens,” he said. ”You’re not going to hear me complain or nothing no more, I’m just going to be quiet and let everything fall in place.” Bryant declined to get into specifics about why he’s so frustrated, saying repeatedly he simply needs to learn from it and move on. ”I don’t have no beef with nobody in here,” he said. ”I love everybody in here. I work hard with everybody in here.” People throughout the organization have praised Bryant’s work ethic since he began the path back toward full reinstatement in May, a process few players with multiple drug suspensions have gotten through successfully. Bryant’s disciplined approach to getting his life and his career back on track is why quarterback Ben Roethlisberger admits Bryant’s decision to air his concerns publicly came across as a shock. ”I don’t hear him on the field crying and complaining and wanting the ball, throwing his hands up, not running hard, doing things like that,” Roethlisberger said. ”You see him block after other guys catch the ball and during runs. I grab him on the sideline and talk to him about the pictures like I do with a lot of guys , and he’s very engaging.” Bryant and Roethlisberger have a somewhat spotty history. The quarterback reached out to Bryant daily during Bryant’s four-game suspension at the start of the 2015 season. But Roethlisberger kept his distance when Bryant was suspended again in March, 2016. Roethlisberger said on his weekly radio show he texted Bryant extensively on Monday as the issue mushroomed, but Bryant said Wednesday the two still haven’t spoken face to face. Bryant credited the Steelers for standing by him during his 15 months away from the club. But he has often painted a picture of solitude during his league-mandated sabbatical. He spent most of the time in Nevada trying to stay in shape, often leaving the house during game days so he wouldn’t have to watch the Steelers without him. It wasn’t easy. It also gave him confidence in his self-reliance. ”I just feel like people don’t understand the amount of work it takes to get back once you get kicked out,” Bryant said. ”People think everybody just gave me a way back when it didn’t happen like that. I had to do everything the league asked me to do to get back. Didn’t nobody give me anything.” Bryant apologized for being a distraction for a team that appears on its way to a fourth straight playoff berth as the season reaches its midway point. He’s not concerned about backlash, inside the locker room or elsewhere. ”It doesn’t bother me,” he said. ”It doesn’t affect the outcome of what I have to do in life. As you can see, I worked my way back and didn’t nobody think I was going to come back, the fans or nobody.” Bryant does plan to take a break from social media, pointing out ”you see what happens when I get on it.” If he’s still around following Pittsburgh’s bye week, Bryant will press forward. He remains under contract through 2018, and it seems highly unlikely the Steelers could get fair value on the market for a player with dynamic talent – albeit one who is a positive drug test away from possibly ending his NFL career. ”Just try to come back and finish up strong,” Bryant said. ”That’s all I can focus on right now. What’s been done is done.” NOTES: RT Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) Ryquell Armstead Jersey , DE Stephon Tuitt (back) and TE Vance McDonald (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. … Smith-Schuster, who was placed in the concussion protocol on Monday, was a full participant. — KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Spencer Ware lost his starting job with the Chiefs after a devastating injury in a preseason game.He got it back after Kareem Hunt’s devastating fall last week.Ware answered the call on short notice, too, carrying 14 times for 47 yards and a touchdown while helping the Chiefs to a 40-33 win in Oakland last Sunday.The performance came despite Ware getting only about 10 percent of the first-team repetitions in practice, and only 48 hours after Hunt was stunningly released follow the release of a video that showed him assaulting a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February.Now, the 27-year-old Ware gets a full week of practice as the Chiefs’ starting running back before taking the field at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. And he just may need it — the Chiefs are preparing to face the Baltimore Ravens, who have the league’s best defense.“I’ve been battling all year, 18 months, to get back fully,” Ware said. “The Chiefs came in, the training staff , they’ve been supporting me. They’ve been behind me every single play.“That’s been building my confidence,” he said. “I thank my teammates and the organization. It makes it easier for me when I’m out there and I can play with people behind me.”This is hardly the first time the Chiefs have had his back.Ware had put on weight and moved to fullback when he joined the Seattle Seahawks out of college, but he only appeared in two games for them before being released. The Chiefs took a chance on Ware and he made the most of it, earning a spot on the roster and slimming back down to play running back.He wound up starting two of the 11 games he played during the 2015 season, and all 14 he appeared in the next season, when former starter Jamaal Charles went down with a season-ending injury.Ware was supposed to be the starter last season, even after the Chiefs selected Hunt in the third round of the draft. But he tore ligaments in his knee in a gruesome preseason injury, and Hunt took his opportunity and ran with it — quite literally — to the tune of an NFL rushing title.When he returned in training camp, Ware was suddenly thrust into a backup role.It was probably for the best, at least early on, because Ware acknowledged his fitness and game-readiness wasn’t quite on point early this season. But he ran eight times for 59 yards against Cincinnati in a game that got out of hand early, he finally reached the end zone for the first time this year in a game against Arizona, and he played well in a tough environment last week in Oakland.“It was great to get Spencer back in there and working on more of a full-time basis Marquise Brown Jersey ,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, “as opposed to being a relief pitcher or a third-down player.”Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday he doesn’t expect the Chiefs to change their offense with Ware in the backfield. His physical running style and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is similar to that of Hunt, while his experience makes up for his lack of game action this season.“Really it’s the same offense. You have to defend the plays and the players running them,” Harbaugh said. “They have capable backs. Spencer Ware has been a starter and done a good job in this league.”Damien Williams and Darrel Williams remain the backups this week, though the Chiefs brought back veteran Charcandrick West to provide some depth. West was released in training camp, but is familiar with the Chiefs offense, not to mention the Ravens defense.He ran for 76 yards and a touchdown in a game against Baltimore a few years ago.“We just have to deal with the guys we’re playing,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t expect anything new.”Notes: WR Sammy Watkins (foot) and safety Eric Berry (heel) practiced Wednesday, though Reid declined to say whether either will be available. “We’ll just see how they do,” he said. … Reid said the Chiefs are preparing for both Ravens QBs Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson. “You just try to make sure you cover your bases there,” Reid said.
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