Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
The second-year player's appeal of the suspension was denied by the NFL on Monday.
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Pittsburgh already was going to be missing All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell for its opener Sept. 10 at New England. Bell also is serving a suspension under the same policy.