After sitting out the entire 2016 NFL season thanks to a suspension for testing positive for marijuana, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant seems fed up with playing second (or third) fiddle.
It was only a week ago that reports trickled out that Bryant had demanded to be traded after seeing his role reduced as a byproduct of the emergence of rookie wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster. Those reports (which included now-deleted tweets from Bryant’s girlfriend who claimed that the Steelers “should have seen [the trade request] coming”) culminated with Bryant sending out a tweet of his own, expressing how happy he is to be a Pittsburgh Steeler:
Big win today and tomorrow right back to work tomorrow I am happy to be a steeler and can't wait to reach number 7 this year.
— Martavis Bryant (@ThaBestUNO) October 16, 2017
That didn’t stop him from hopping on social media after the Steelers beat the Bengals 29-14 and slagging on Smith-Schuster in a now deleted Instagram comment.
Bryant’s comment was later replaced with a more diplomatic one, although he still took a subtle shot at the Steelers by claiming he has gotten “no help and little support” upon his return to the field.
Bryant had just a single reception for three yards on Sunday and one rushing attempt that garnered two yards. Smith-Schuster had two catches for 39-yards and a touchdown.
The NFL trade deadline is October 31. It will be interesting to see whether the Steelers cut Bryant loose.