Roethlisberger to Martavis Bryant: No more flips into end zone

This will likely be Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant's last flip into the end zone.
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was happy to see Martavis Bryant reach the end zone twice in his season debut Sunday, but he could do without the somersaults.

Bryant showed off his acrobatic self after his 88-yard catch and run that sealed the game. When he got to the sidelines, Roethlisberger was there to congratulate him and also offer some words of wisdom.

"I told him how proud I was of him to step up and make that big play,” Roethlisberger said via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Then I told him, ‘Don’t ever flip in the end zone again or I’ll . . . nothing good is going to come from that.’ "

Bryant, who caught six balls for 137 yards in his return from a four-game suspension and knee injury, said he will heed his quarterback’s advice. 

"I’m not going to do that anymore," he said.

Bryant has forged a tight relationship with Roethlisberger in his short time as a Steeler, sharing a teary farewell with his quarterback before he left for rehab. It’s likely he’ll play at least one more game with Landry Jones behind center as Roethlisberger continues to recover from his knee injury. 

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