Dez Bryant Reportedly Tested Positive For COVID-19 Before Game Then Tested Negative
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant spent his entire NFL career from 2010 to 2017 with the Dallas Cowboys. After three years not in the NFL, in 2020, he was picked up by the Ravens.
“My daughter kept asking me was I going to play football and I’d just ignore the question,” Dez Bryant said per the Ravens. “I was like, ‘You know what, baby? I’m gonna’ give it a go.’ I started training. I started working out every day. I got myself to a point to where I felt like I could get back out there.”
Bryant said he hit his agent up, his agent made a couple calls, then his agent got in touch with the Ravens GM, Eric DeCosta, and head coach John Harbuagh.
“We made it happen,” Bryant said. “I’m extremely thankful for Eric and coach for giving me this opportunity.”
Bryant’s played three games with the Ravens so far.
On Sunday, his fourth game with his new team would be against his former team. After three years Bryant was about to line up against the Cowboys. Then, all of a sudden “he got pulled from warmups prior to the game after a COVID-19 test came back positive” according to Yahoo Sports.
The Ravens reported that “Bryant had an inconclusive test before the game and was put into isolation as soon as the Ravens got that result. He was then tested again with a rapid results test and produced a positive, according to…Harbaugh”.
What happened after that, well, I’ll just let Bryant tell you.
In a series of tweets, take a look inside what transpired for Bryant:
The next day (December 9):
On December 10:
Then, on December 11:
As you read, Bryant said he’s going to take this matter seriously, especially after going through a whirlwind of being tested positive then negative, then negative again reportedly.
On December 12, the Ravens “officially placed…Bryant on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. That means Bryant will be sidelined for at least 10 days and miss Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns” according to the Ravens.
Bryant’s coach had this to say about the situation:
“[Dez Bryant] has had some negative tests,” Harbaugh said Saturday per USA Today Ravens Wire. “There’s a protocol that goes with that — a certain number of days that you have to test negative after a certain number of positive tests. He’s on schedule with that and that’s where it stands right now, he’s still on the COVID-19/Reserve list at this time.”
Bryant’s teammate and quarterback, Lamar Jackson, recently talked about coming back from the Reserve/COVID-19 list:
“I know this feeling God…you are setting me up for something greater I can dig it,” Dez Bryant said in a Tweet.
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