The Facts: The Raiders fear potential NFL discipline might be imminent for wide receiver Bryant, sources said Thursday, inciting internal uneasiness at the conclusion of an otherwise encouraging spring workout program. Multiple team officials declined comment as they left for a weekslong break before training camp, but they acknowledged the club is awaiting final word on the situation. It is believed to pertain to the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Diehards Line:Bryant, 26, missed the entire 2016 season after repeated policy violations. That he again might be liable to discipline does not signify a failed drug test. As the Review-Journal's Michael Gehlkin notes, failure to attend a scheduled exam can evoke an infraction, too. On April 26, the Raiders traded a 2018 third-round pick to acquire Bryant from the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first round of the NFL draft. The team was intrigued with the talented 6-4, 211-pound deep threat. It also understood the risk. Any future misstep with the substance-abuse policy might prompt a year or longer suspension. ... We'll follow up as needed.