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Martavis Bryant was cleared by the NFL to participate in the Steelers preseason game

LATROBE, Pa. — The NFL has cleared wide receiver Martavis Bryant to participate in preseason practices and games, according to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bryant is still under conditional reinstatement and hasn’t been cleared for regular-season games, but Bryant has done what the league has asked of him since serving a yearlong suspension for multiple drug violations.

“[Bryant] will continue to be evaluated as to his readiness to participate in regular-season activities under the terms of his conditional reinstatement,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement.

Bryant participated in offseason work but was benched for training camp practices until now. Recently, he has been working out on an auxiliary field during those sessions.

Bryant is unlikely to play in Friday’s preseason opener against the New York Giants since he hasn’t logged a practice and the team travels on Thursday.

Bryant is an enormous talent, scoring 15 touchdowns in his first 21 NFL games. He has also missed 20 games for drug violations. Bryant said in the spring that he has been clean for a year and has redirected his life.

Antonio Brown: My plan is to finish career with the Steelers

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have begun contract talks with star receiver Antonio Brown.

A source says optimism exists that both sides could complete a deal well before training camp. Asked this week on the Dan Patrick Show about the contract, Brown said both sides are “beginning to get it rolling” and he wants to finish his career as a Steeler.

“That’s my plan,” said Brown, who will be 29 in July.

The Steelers are generally willing to negotiate with key players entering the final years of their contracts, but those negotiations can happen at various times. Brown has one year left on a six-year deal that pays him $4.71 million in 2017. Before the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Steelers restructured Brown’s contract by moving up money from future years. These tactic earned Brown about $10 million in advance money.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is the league’s highest-paid receiver at $15 million per year, with three others — Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant, Denver Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas and Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones — in the $14-million-per-year range on long-term deals.

Brown, the first player since Marvin Harrison to record four consecutive 100-catch seasons, made headlines for the wrong reasons last month when he broadcast a Steelers’ post-game locker room scene on Facebook Live. The broadcast caught coach Mike Tomlin’s profanity-laced message after a playoff win at Kansas City.

Brown has remained apologetic for the judgment lapse. But his image appeared to take a hit, with some in the media calling for Brown to be traded.

Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey came out in Brown’s defense this week on Instagram. “Can’t hold my tongue anymore tired of all the hate, bull— stories!!” Pouncey posted. “AB is a team player loved by all his teammates especially ME! You against him you against me!”

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PITTSBURGH — Martavis Bryant(Martavis Bryant Jersey) showed he can catch Ben Roethlisberger’s hardest throw.

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver is not backing down from his quarterback’s public challenge to “toughen up” entering Saturday’s AFC wild-card matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.

“I’m happy he issued out the challenge,” Bryant said. “I accept it.”

On his weekly radio show with 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger said Bryant has to “get tough, and you’ve got to make tough plays and you’ve got to make tough catches.” Roethlisberger said the comment was made out of love, and he reiterated that stance Wednesday in the locker room, emphasizing he’s trying to maximize the potential of a talented receiver.

“Nothing more than just a challenge,” Roethlisberger said.

After 48 catches, 759 receiving yards and seven touchdowns (one rushing) in his first nine games of 2015, Bryant struggled in his final two, with a combined two catches for 6 yards, dealing with an illness during Week 17 and leaving the game against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter after hurting his neck.

From his locker Wednesday, Bryant spoke with eagerness to get back on the field and said Roethlisberger loves him like a big brother.

“If he feels you need to step up your game, it’s his job to call you out,” Bryant said of his quarterback. “I’m happy he did it. It woke me up. I’m ready to work … He wants to see me be great.”

Bryant said he plans to “regenerate,” focusing on what he used to do, which is catch touchdowns and keep opposing defensive backs honest.

Even after the four-game scoring drought, Bryant still has 15 touchdowns in 21 career games while averaging 17.3 yards per catch.

What happens if Cincinnati plays press coverage on him?

“Take advantage of it, like I always do,” Bryant said.

As for Roethlisberger’s callout, teammates don’t mind.

Defensive end Cam Heyward said the Steelers expect a lot out of each other.

“We’re all trying to win here – we’re not worrying about feelings,” Heyward said. “He’s our leader. I support him in whatever decision he makes. He’s been there. He’s won two Super Bowls. You’ve really got to buckle down and listen to a guy like that.”