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Ravens place Dez Bryant on COVID-19 list after Bryant says he's tested negative twice

Chris Cwik
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The Baltimore Ravens took their time placing Dez Bryant on the COVID-19/reserve list and now we know why. Bryant says he tested negative on back-to-back COVID-19 tests after missing Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys due to a positive test.

Despite those two negative tests, the Ravens placed Bryant on the COVID list Thursday. He’ll miss 10 days, and will not be eligible to play in the team’s Week 14 game against the Cleveland Browns.

Bryant was all set to take on the Cowboys on Tuesday, but was pulled off the field minutes before the contest due to a positive test. Bryant announced the positive test on Twitter, and even threatened to sit out the rest of the season due to his frustration. Bryant later reversed course.

Now, it appears Bryant’s test may have been a false positive.

Bryant reportedly had two tests come back with inconclusive results before Tuesday’s game, which the Ravens won 34-17. Bryant’s third test came back positive, leading to Bryant getting pulled off the field.

Why did the NFL play the Ravens-Cowboys game?

Despite Bryant’s positive test Tuesday, the NFL allowed both teams to play the game as scheduled. That decision came with plenty of scrutiny. Even Bryant asked why both teams were allowed to play.

Following the contest, the NFL justified its decision by stating Bryant did not have any close contacts prior to the game. Bryant spent time in the Ravens’ locker room, and shared hugs with multiple Cowboys players and staff members before Tuesday’s game.

If Bryant’s test was a false positive, the NFL’s decision to play Tuesday’s game looks better in hindsight. The league’s decision at the time, however, can still be scrutinized given Bryant’s interactions with players on both teams and the Ravens’ COVID-19 outbreak.

What shouldn’t be scrutinized was the league’s decision to pull Bryant from the game. Bryant might be frustrated about that, but the NFL can’t take any chances once a test comes back positive.

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