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Dez Bryant had emotional reaction to first touchdown in three years

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Dez Bryant is officially back after scoring his first touchdown in three years in Week 15, a moment he says made him emotional.

The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver admitted he was trying not to cry after scoring in the Ravens’ blowout win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

“I had to hold back my tears, you know, because it was very emotional,” Bryant said after Sunday’s game. “That love is real. I’m not joking when I say that. These guys here, they are one hundred. They are amazing, phenomenal people. Win, lose, or draw, I swear, it’s love in my heart for Baltimore forever.”

There had to be a time Bryant wondered if he’d ever have a moment like that again. It hardly mattered that the 11-yard touchdown was his only catch of the day. It was very obviously a triumphant moment for him, and he’ll definitely feel like a contributor now.

Video: Dez Bryant scores first TD in over three years

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant accomplished a huge milestone in his redemption tour on Sunday.

Bryant, who openly contemplated calling it quits earlier this month, caught a touchdown pass in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. His end zone celebration has not changed, as he immediately threw up the ‘X.’ Lamar Jackson did the same.

Bryant’s touchdown was his first since Dec. 17, 2017. He’s battled numerous injuries in recent years and finally made his way back to an NFL roster, so he must have been on top of the world after catching that pass.

Bryant was devastated earlier this month when he was pulled off the field during warmups against the Dallas Cowboys due to a positive COVID-19 test. He initially tweeted that he was giving up on the season, though he went back on that. It’s a good thing he stuck with it.

Dez Bryant provides update on his COVID-19 situation

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Dez Bryant was pulled from the field during pregame warmups before the Baltimore Ravens’ game against the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday night, but it remains unclear if the wide receiver ever actually had COVID-19.

Bryant was not permitted to play against his former team after two inconclusive COVID-19 tests and a positive point of care test. He revealed on Thursday that he has since tested negative for the coronavirus twice, and the results were the same on Friday.

“I tested negative again,” Bryant tweeted on Friday afternoon.

Bryant was understandably furious that he was not able to face the Cowboys. He initially said he was quitting for the remainder of the season, though he quickly went back on that. He later tried to explain why he was crushed, and he said Friday that he is just trying to understand the situation.

“I’m not trying to be a pain … I’m just looking for clarity dealing with covid … help me understand … I’m going to take this matter serious,” Bryant tweeted.

It’s unclear exactly what is going on. The Ravens placed Bryant on the reserve/COVID-19 on Thursday despite him claiming he has had multiple negative COVID-19 tests since Tuesday.

Bryant may have played his last game for the Ravens, which would be as unceremonious as it gets. You have to feel for him that he was unable to take part in his revenge game against Dallas.

Dez Bryant’s COVID-19 test may have been false positive

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Dez Bryant was pulled off the field during warmups before the Baltimore Ravens’ game against the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday night after he tested positive for COVID-19. With the way things have gone since, it seems likely the test was a false positive.

Bryant tweeted on Thursday that he has tested negative for the coronavirus on consecutive days, which presumably means Wednesday and Thursday. He expressed frustration over having to miss the big matchup against his former team.

“I tested negative back to back for covid and I’m not excited about it,” Bryant tweeted.

Bryant had not been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Thursday afternoon, so all signs point toward his test having been a false positive.

There was some question about how Bryant was allowed to take part in pregame warmups if he tested positive, but we explained what happened here.

You can understand why Bryant is angry over the way things turned out, but he is not the first player to have a false positive test this season. That is simply one of the risks of playing amid the coronavirus pandemic. The timing, unfortunately, could not have been worse for the veteran receiver.

Bryant initially said on Twitter Tuesday that he is quitting on the season, but he quickly went back on that. He later tried to explain why he was so crushed.

Dez Bryant explains why he was so crushed about COVID-19 test

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Dez Bryant was not allowed to play in Tuesday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys after he was pulled off the field during pregame warmups due to a positive COVID-19 test. That would frustrate any player, but the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver was devastated. He explained why on social media.

Bryant understandably had added motivation to suit up against his former team. He vented about the situation on Twitter all throughout the game, at one point claiming he is quitting on the remainder of the season. Bryant quickly went back on that, but he detailed why he was so crushed.

“This was more than just another game for me … It wasn’t about revenge … I didn’t need a catch … I wanted to make a point…,” Bryant tweeted early Wednesday morning.

The Cowboys cut Bryant prior to the 2018 season, and the road back to an NFL roster has been extremely long for him. He may have downplayed facing his former team earlier in the week, but the game was clearly important to him.

Bryant went several months unsigned after the Cowboys released him in 2018. He then signed with the New Orleans Saints but tore his Achilles in November 2018 before ever appearing in a game for them.

If you’re wondering why Bryant was allowed to participate in pregame warmups prior to being pulled, we have an explanation for that here.

Here is why Dez Bryant was allowed to participate in pregame warmups despite COVID situation

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Dez Bryant was pulled off the field during pregame warmups about 30 minutes prior to kickoff between his Baltimore Ravens and the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, and we’re receiving more information about the situation. Namely, many are wondering why Bryant was allowed to participate in the warmups in the first place.

So here is what happened.

Bryant returned an inconclusive test on Tuesday morning, according to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert. A rerun of the test was also inconclusive, though the Ravens did not receive the results until the evening. Bryant was given a point of care test after the team learned the results of the second inconclusive test. The point of care test was positive. That is why Bryant was pulled off the field.

Why was the game allowed to take place despite Bryant being around his teammates while potentially positive for COVID-19? The NFL reviewed the situation to determine whether there were any high-risk close contacts. They decided there weren’t any.

High-risk contacts are defined as prolonged exposure (such as being within six feet of someone who is positive for more than 15 minutes). Bryant may have had brief interactions with players pregame, but those were not for extended periods of time where they would be flagged.

The Ravens had a bad COVID-19 outbreak that led their scheduled Thanksgiving game against the Steelers to be postponed three times. A consequence to that game’s postponement was the Ravens’ game against the Cowboys in Week 13 also being pushed back.

You can say that the NFL was not being cautious enough with its handling of the Bryant situation, but they proved a few weeks ago how careful they are.

Photo: AJ Guel/Flickr via CC-BY 2.0

Dez Bryant learns of positive COVID test minutes before kickoff

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Dez Bryant was pulled off the field shortly before kickoff of the Baltimore Ravens’ game on Tuesday due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Bryant wrote on Twitter about half an hour before kickoff about his positive.

“Tell me why they pull me from warming up so I can go get tested… my s— come back positive… I tested positive for Covid WTF,” Bryant wrote (profanity edited by LBS).

Bryant being pulled off the field before the game will bring up reminders of what happened with Justin Turner in the World Series. He was taken off the field late in the Dodgers’ clinching Game 6 due to a positive test.

There is often a lag in receiving results from tests, which would explain why Bryant would be allowed to participate in warmups.

The 32-year-old is in his first season with the Ravens and has four catches for 28 yards. This would have represented a “revenge game” for him against his former team, the Dallas Cowboys.

Photo: AJ Guel/Flickr via CC-BY 2.0

Dez Bryant reveals thoughts on Cowboys ahead of reunion

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It’s been over two and a half years since the Dallas Cowboys released Dez Bryant, and it sure sounds like any hard feelings the wide receiver might have had toward his former team have since passed.

The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver said Saturday that he has essentially moved on from his time with Dallas, and added there are no longer any hard feelings ahead of his first game against them since leaving.

“For the most part, it’s water under the bridge,” Bryant said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “You have to move forward with your life.”

Bryant has been mostly diplomatic toward the Cowboys since being cut in April 2018. There seemed to be some initial bitterness, but as recently as this year he was even floating a possible return to the organization. While that didn’t happen, Bryant seems comfortable with his new role in Baltimore and, at least publicly, isn’t out for revenge against the Cowboys on Tuesday.

Drew Brees injury leads Dez Bryant to recall Tony Romo’s heroics

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Drew Brees’ injury led Dez Bryant to recall some past heroics from Tony Romo.

On Monday, we learned that Brees has multiple fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. Brees played half of New Orleans’ win over San Francisco and exited the game due to injuries sustained from a hard hit.

The injury sounds very similar to what Romo played through in 2011.

Romo sustained a broken rib and punctured lung after taking a huge hit from Ahmad Brooks on the third play of the Cowboys’ Week 2 game against San Francisco in 2011. Romo played through the injury and took a painkilling injection at halftime. He went 12-of-15 passes for 201 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime, connecting with Jesse Holley on a 77-yard completion to set up the winning kick in overtime.

The story of Brees reminded some of Romo’s accomplishment.

Bryant, who was on the Cowboys that year but did not play in the game, tweeted “9” in response to a tweet about the game.

Nine, of course, was Romo’s jersey number.

The crazy thing is Romo played in all 16 games that season, including a win over Washington the following week. That win probably felt extra sweet for Romo after some of the trash talking Washington did.

Ravens leave Dez Bryant on practice squad for Week 10

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Anyone who envisioned a big role for Dez Bryant with the Baltimore Ravens is quickly being proven wrong.

The Ravens announced Saturday that safety Geno Stone would be the only player elevated from the practice squad for Sunday’s game against New England. That means Bryant, who played just two snaps last week, won’t be on the active roster at all.

Bryant’s role is coming into focus, and it isn’t much of one. The wide receiver wasn’t even targeted in his Week 9 debut, though it didn’t seem to dampen his enthusiasm for playing again. Maybe the Ravens want Bryant up to speed more before involving him more in the offense, but that seems increasingly unlikely.

The 32-year-old receiver had gone three years between games before his debut last week. In 2017, his last full season, he racked up 838 receiving yards and six touchdowns.