Armonty Bryant Suspended 4 Games: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2016

Cleveland Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant (95) against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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Cleveland Browns linebacker Armonty Bryant was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season Friday for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to an official statement from the team. 

The 25-year-old recently pleaded not guilty to felony drug possession charges in February after he was arrested with teammate De'Ante Saunders on Christmas, according to the Associated Press (via

Bryant was subsequently suspended for the final two games of the 2015 regular season. 

According to's Mary Kay Cabot, Bryant "was arrested for possession of Adderall because he was unable to produce a prescription." Cabot noted at the time that the linebacker could face a suspension under the NFL's performance-enhancing-drug policy as a result.

Cabot also reported that Bryant was arrested in 2012 for selling marijuana to an undercover officer and again in 2013 for driving under the influence.

Bryant, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, notched a career-high 5.5 sacks and 40 total tackles last season.