Exclusive: Bryant facing full-season suspension

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Martavis Bryant had 50 catches for 576 yards and six touchdowns last season. -- JARED WICKERHAM / DKPS

Martavis Bryant, the Steelers' talented but troubled wide receiver, is facing a full-season NFL suspension in 2016 for again violating the league's substance abuse policy, two sources confirmed to this morning and a third this afternoon.

Bryant and his agent, Tom Santanello, have filed an appeal. If the suspension goes through, it would be a shocking, seismic blow to a contending team that's set a seventh Super Bowl victory as its goal for next season.

"Per team policy, we'll have no comment until there's an announcement from the NFL," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said this afternoon.

The NFL rarely announces suspensions or fines. Santanello said the process is "ongoing."

"It could change tomorrow," he said. "I can’t really comment on anything right now that’s going on."

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