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Ben Roethlisberger on Martavis Bryant: ‘I’m not giving up on him’

Ben Roethlisberger insists he hasn’t yet given upon Martavis Bryant despite the disgruntled wide receiver igniting a firestorm for the team in recent days.

Bryant has been on the offensive in recent days over his unhappiness with his diminished role in the offense. The wide receiver called out Steelers rookie wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster in an Instagram post Sunday night. Bryant also missed a team meeting on Monday.

Bryant then laid it all out on the line with comments made Tuesday morning to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Bryant’s comments certainly lend to the perception that the parties probably have reached a point of no return. That’s evidently not the case, at least according to Roethlisberger, who said he has spoken to Bryant about the situation.

“I spoke with Tay [Martavis] yesterday a little bit on the phone, Roethlisberger said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan, as transcribed by Steelers Depot. “We’re going to talk tomorrow in person at the facility. I’m not going to speak too much on his frame of mind, the conversation, because honestly, these things, like I said last week, they were surprising to me because I don’t see any of the pout, quit, anything from him on the field, so that’s why I’m really surprised when these talks come because on the field he’s giving effort.”

Roethlisberger suggested a better way for Bryant — who has only 18 receptions for 234 yards and one touchdown this season — to handle his frustrations is to reach out to him. Roethlisberger added he’s looking forward to discussing matters with Bryant in person on Wednesday.

“I’m not giving up on him and I hope that he doesn’t give up on himself and let’s find a way to use him,” Roethlisberger said.

It obviously a contentious, dramatic and tumultuous time for Bryant and the Steelers. For Roethlisberger, who also spoke out on the situation last week, to come out and make such comments certainly speaks favorably to the notion the rift between Bryant and the Steelers can be mended.