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Steelers WR Bryant 'not tripping' over benching

111   //    26 Oct 2017, 06:08 IST
Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant has been surrounded by controversy this week, and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin found a punishment for his beleaguered star wideout.

The Steelers have won two straight games, but could be short-handed on offense Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

"I'm not playing Sunday, which is fine," Bryant told reporters, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I'm not tripping. It is what it is.”

Bryant, after hauling in just three receptions the last two weeks, told ESPN Tuesday that he would be open to a trade if his role does not change.

Tomlin then fired back, saying Bryant is not available via trade and that he would eventually speak with the 25-year-old about his ongoing issues. 

"I'm going to see what happens," Bryant said of the trade request. "Right now I'm here, so I'm going to play hard and finish strong and see what happens. That's all I can focus on right now.

"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 or nothing anymore. I'm just going to be quiet and let everything fall into place."

Bryant was also forced to back away from comments on his Instagram account, questioning the talent of team-mate JuJu Smith-Schuster. He claimed the two receivers were just competitors.

"As far as the situation with Juju, it wasn't like that," Bryant said. "Me and him are brothers. We both think we're one of the best to play the game, and if you don't think that then why play it?"

Bryant, who has been suspended twice for violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, has 1,548 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in 28 career games.

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