Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant
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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant is having a frustrating week.
The veteran, who turned 32 years old on Nov. 4, was set to play against the Dallas Cowboys, his former club, on Tuesday evening until he was removed from the game due to an inconclusive COVID-19 test. Bryant later learned he tested positive for the coronavirus and was unable to compete against Dallas.
However, Bryant took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to explain he has since returned a pair of negative COVID-19 test results.
I tested negative back to back for covid and I’m not excited about it
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) December 10, 2020
As Jamison Hensley noted for ESPN, the Ravens haven’t yet placed Bryant on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of a Monday night divisional showdown at the Cleveland Browns.
“He’s doing as well as can be expected,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said of Bryant when speaking with reporters on Thursday. “He’s a guy that cares. He sacrificed a lot to leave home and leave family behind. He’s a family man and has kids. I think he’s pretty hurt by it. He’s not mad at anybody. But just the circumstances, I think he’s a little stunned by it, surprised that it came up. I think he’s trying to work his way through it right now.”
A frustrated Bryant tweeted following Tuesday’s developments that he was going to “call it a quit for the rest of the season” before explaining that he would return to the Ravens.
“I could never speak for another person, because the Twitter stuff and all that, that’s something you’d have to ask him,” Harbaugh explained about Bryant’s social media rant. “I don’t have any answers to that. But that’s what we would be planning for, certainly. He’s certainly an option. He’s a part of our team. And I was really happy with his progress, how he was practicing.
“I don’t think it’s hard to understand why it would be such a tough thing emotionally, especially with where he’s at in his career. I think we could all put ourselves in his shoes on that, for sure. I’m very sympathetic toward that and understanding of it. Ultimately, people make decisions for themselves and that’s what they have to do.”
Bryant has caught four of seven targets for 28 yards in his two appearances with Baltimore.
Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink.
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