NFL clears Steelers WR Bryant for Week 1

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell watches from the sideline as he waits for the end of the AFC championship NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 36-17 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

PITTSBURGH (AP) Martavis Bryant’s long road back to the NFL is complete.

The NFL granted the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver permission to participate in regular season games on Friday, nearly 18 months after Bryant was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Bryant was conditionally reinstated in April, though his return hit a snag at the start of training camp when he was forced to sit for the first two weeks of practice due to procedural issues. Bryant has caught 76 passes for 1,314 yards and 14 touchdowns in 21 games with Pittsburgh and is expected to start opposite Antonio Brown when the Steelers open the season at Cleveland on Sept. 10.

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