NFL: Steelers bench frustrated receiver Bryant after tweets

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant has been dropped from the main roster (AFP Photo/JONATHAN DANIEL)
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant has been dropped from the main roster (AFP Photo/JONATHAN DANIEL)

Washington (AFP) - Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant was dropped from the main roster Wednesday and was expected to be deactivated for Sunday's NFL game against Detroit after complaints on social media.

Bryant said he is frustrated and will not playing due to "social media" after having made controversial tweets following Pittsburgh's 29-14 victory over Cincinnati last Sunday, when he caught only one of two passes thrown his way for three yards.

"I'm not going to hide how I feel," Bryant said. "What happened has happened. "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 complaining no more. I'm just going to be quiet and let everything fall into place."

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Bryant, 25, posted "give me what I want" after having sought a trade and opted out of Monday team meetings due to illness. He also ripped rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who caught a 31-yard touchdown on a now-deleted Instagram post.

"JuJu is no where near better than me, fool," Bryant wrote. "All they need to do is give me what I want and y'all can have JuJu and whoever else."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was unhappy Bryant took his complaints to social media.

"He was out of bounds with some of his actions in terms of the things that he said on social media," Tomlin said. "It will be dealt with appropriately."

Tomlin said the team would not trade Bryant.

"We've invested a lot in Martavis since we drafted him," Tomlin said. "He's not available via trade."

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger put himself into the fray Wednesday, saying, "I'm the guy that throws the ball, so if you're unhappy about something, come talk to me. Maybe there is something we can figure out together to make it better."

Bryant was suspended for all of last season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy and was banned for the first four games of the 2015 campaign for the same reason.

This season, Bryant has made 18 catches for 234 yards and a touchdown. For his 28-game NFL career, Bryant has 94 catches for 1,548 yards and 15 touchdowns.

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