Ravens' Dez Bryant Says He Tested Positive for COVID-19 Before Cowboys Game

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2020

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) looks on before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams)
Terrance Williams/Associated Press

Dez Bryant will be unable to play against his old team Tuesday night.  

Less than an hour before he was supposed to line up against the Dallas Cowboys, the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver announced he tested positive for COVID-19 (warning: tweet contains profanity):

Dez Bryant @DezBryant

Tell me why they pull me from warming up so I can go get tested... my shit come back positive... I tested positive for Covid WTF

Dez Bryant @DezBryant

The crazy thing is i have the same damn routine.... this shit do not make sense to me

The Ravens subsequently confirmed Bryant will be absent due to an illness.

Bryant announced he intends to sit out the remainder of the season following his positive test:

Dez Bryant @DezBryant

Yea I’m going to go ahead and call it a quit for the rest of the season... I can’t deal with this

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported on the pregame show that Bryant had received an inconclusive test result earlier in the day, so he was briefly on the field for warmups. The three-time Pro Bowler was pulled once the a subsequent showed a positive result.


Breaking news from @JayGlazer: Ravens WR Dez Bryant will not play tonight vs. his former team the Cowboys after testing positive for COVID-19. He was taken off of the field during warm ups. https://t.co/uJ06AMV7fE

Jeff Zrebiec @jeffzrebiec

Dez Bryant was on the field for individual warmups about 2 1/2 hours before the game. He spent some time talking to coaches or team officials from the Cowboys and catching passes from Trace McSorley. He was not out for the team warmups and now we know why.

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the rest of the Ravens received the green light to play:

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

All other #Ravens players tested negative for COVID-19 and no high-risk close contacts were identified, source said. So, no Dez Bryant, but game on as scheduled and no other players impacted.

Baltimore is coming off a significant outbreak that forced the postponement of its Week 12 encounter with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The teams were originally supposed to play on Thanksgiving Day but didn't cross paths until Dec. 2, with Pittsburgh coming away a 19-14 winner.

Ravens president Dick Cass said that medical personnel discovered "at least four unique strains of COVID-19 in our facility." One of the strains was "highly-contagious" and "spread throughout our organization."

Cass also acknowledged that "not everyone at the Ravens followed the protocol thoroughly."

Bryant signed with Baltimore's practice squad in November and made his debut in the team's Week 9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, the first time he played in an NFL game since December 2017. His year is now apparently over after he caught four passes for 28 yards in three appearances.


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