The Pittsburgh Steelers Martavis Bryant seems to have come down with something. The wider receiver has caught the "trade-me-damn-it" bug and didn't show for a meeting this morning because of illness. He's also missed two practice days in Week 4 because of illness and a Saturday walk-thru before the week 5 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bryant's agent, Thomas Santanello, says Bryant went to see the doctor this morning. The player also missed the 45-minute media session today.
Bryant has been unhappy that he hasn't been a bigger part of the game plan. This week he had 1 catch for 3 yards in the teams win over Cincinnati. After the game he refueled his calls to be traded.
He also got into it a little with a fan who called him out on Instagram, saying that rookie wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster was better than him. Bryant replied: "JuJu is no where near better than me, fool. All they need to do is give me what I want and y'all can have JuJu or whoever else." Bryant attempted to clean-up the post by later making a comment and tagging Smith-Schuster, he refers to the rookie as, "the future," and goes on to explain, "I just want mines, period, pointblank."
Smith-Schuster took the high-road in his comments, "There's only one ball. We have so many athletes on the field. It's tough. At the end of the day, we have to do what's best for our team…Hopefully we do get him the ball more. He's a great player, great athlete. I would like him to be on our team. Moving forward, I think he's going to be big for us."
Reports say the team has no intention of trading Bryant.