Dez Bryant tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Ravens-Cowboys game, says he's done with the season

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Dez Bryant got disappointing news ahead of his highly anticipated matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, his former team.

The Baltimore Ravens receiver tweeted that he got pulled from warmups prior to the game after a COVID-19 test came back positive.

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He then tweeted that he’s done for the season.

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When prompted by a follower, Bryant later wrote that “I’m coming back.” Whether that means next season or before is unclear. Bryant also wrote that he was drinking wine as he tweeted.

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News breaks just before kickoff

Bryant announced the news 30 minutes prior to the Tuesday night matchup that was postponed from Thursday due to an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak among the Ravens.

Bryant has played three games with Baltimore this season, his first NFL action since his eight-season stint with the Cowboys ended in 2017.

Bryant was a three-time Pro Bowler in Dallas but has struggled to get back on the field while suffering various injuries in recent years.

In addition to the disappointment for Bryant, the news raises obvious concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Baltimore.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant #88 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on before playing against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Dez Bryant says he's done with the season after testing positive for COVID-19. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ongoing outbreak in Baltimore

Quarterback Lamar Jackson missed last week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and was just cleared on Monday for Tuesday’s game, a contest the Ravens would win 34-17. Last week’s game against the Steelers was postponed twice as the Ravens’ COVID-19 outbreak grew.

Bryant’s positive test shows that the Ravens are still dealing with the outbreak.

NFL green lights game after Bryant’s positive test

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that Bryant’s test was the only positive for the Ravens with the rest of the team’s active players testing negative ahead of Tuesday’s game.

Because of the incubation period involved with COVID-19, a negative test doesn’t necessarily mean that somebody is not infected with the coronavirus.

Pelissero reports that the NFL approved the game moving forward after nobody was deemed a high-risk close contact to Bryant, despite teammates being around him leading up to the game.

Ravens editorial director Ryan Mink tweeted a photo of Bryant hugging somebody on the field with the caption “lot of hugs between Dez Bryant and Cowboys players/coaches/staff early in warmups.” He later deleted the tweet.

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Bryant himself wondered if the game should go on.

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