Steelers bench disgruntled Martavis Bryant for Sunday

The Steelers have benched Martavis Bryant for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions over his use of social media, the receiver said.

Bryant said he was relegated to scout-team work during Wednesday’s practice. Scout-team players typically don’t play in that week’s game.

TMR: Another tough one. I spent 15 years in Hollywood and wrote on more than 100 episodes of sitcoms, plus a lot of movies that never got made (and, ahem, one that did). A lot of it runs together. The two things I co-wrote overall that I loved the most was a pilot for a reboot of “The Muppet Show” — I am a Muppet freak. Maybe you’ve seen a show recently that seems to be inspired by it. I wrote about that here — and a screenplay called “Undercover Elvis,” which was an action comedy with the following premise: “What if all the crazy insane stuff you know about Elvis actually makes sense once you realize he’s actually the world’s greatest secret agent?” We wrote it more than 15 years ago, before similar ideas came about and we got universal praise for the script at the time.

The quarterback has not played for an NFL team since he exercised a clause in his contract and left the 49ers in March. At that time, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Kaepernick said he would stand during the anthem if he played in 2017.

Ray will start Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs in his return from a wrist injury that has sidelined him since the beginning of training camp.

Ray, who missed the Broncos’ first six games of the season while on injured reserve, returned to practice last week.

“Shane looked great last week in practice, obviously he’s not in great football shape,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said after Wednesday’s practice. “But Shane’s going to play … he’ll start. Shane provides, opposite of Von, that great rusher so they can’t tee off on Von. They Kids Basketball Jerseys Cheap can’t Design Cheap Jerseys chip Von, they can, but it would force them to run three-man routes. We like that.”

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Reggie Wayne picks a QB other than Luck or Manning as hardest passer

Congratulations are in order for Curtis Painter. On Tuesday, Reggie Wayne gave him an unofficial award that pertains to playing quarterback.

When Wayne was asked about who threw the hardest passes, he didn't name Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning (before his arm stopped functioning like a normal arm last year). He also didn't name Tom Brady, who threw to Wayne this past summer during Patriots training camp. Instead, Wayne chose Curtis Painter.

It's 2016, and we're talking about Curtis Painter.

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